Swimmer Le Clos wins Olympic heat

South African swimmer Chad Le Clos qualified for the men's 400 metre individual medley on Saturday.

South African Olympic Swimmer Chad le Clos. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - South African swimmer Chad Le Clos on Saturday qualified for the men's 400 metre individual medley at the London Olympics.

The 20-year-old Durbanite pushed hard in the final 20 metres, to upset American Ryan Lochte in the final medley heat.

World number one Michael Phelps will race in lane eight, after he snuck in by 700th of a second.

Meanwhile, women's rowing pair Lee-Ann Persse and Naydene Smith qualified for the next stage by finishing in fourth place, in 7:14:31.

Saturday is expected to be a big day for Team SA, with more athletes scheduled to participate in events.

One of those is the equestrian discipline of eventing, in which Alex Peternell will compete.

Many will be interested to see what Peternell can produce when he controversially turns out for Team SA, following an intervention by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Paul Hart was the name the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) submitted to form part of Team SA, but Peternell qualified for the Games and challenged Sascoc's decision at the CAS last weekend.

The court ruled that Peternell, who is ranked 164 in the world, was indeed the better candidate.

But Sascoc decided it would send neither Hart nor Peternell to participate at the games.

Peternell took the Olympic body to court again. CAS ordered the South African Equestrian Federation (SAEF) to nominate Peternell to the team.

Hart, who was initially nominated by SAEF, is ranked 442 in the world.

Cyclist Daryl Impey will be one to look out for in the men's road race, while the women's national soccer team Banyana Banyana will attempt to turn-around their opening loss against Sweden when they play Canada.

Banyana lost 4-1 in their match on Thursday.

Swimmer Cameron van de Burgh, a serious medal contender, will also be in action at the aquatic centre.

For a full schedule of athletes competing in the Games, click here.