Le Clos pleased with Olympic silver medal

Chad le Clos set a new South African record when he clinched silver in the men’s 200m freestyle.

South Africa's Chad le Clos competes in a Men's 200m Butterfly heat at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2016. Picture: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO - Team South Africa now have two medals in the bag following this morning's action in the swimming pool.

Chad le Clos set a new South African record when he clinched silver in the men's 200 meter freestyle, finishing behind China's Sun Yang.

That follows Cameron van der Burgh winning silver in the 100m breaststroke yesterday morning.

The 200m free style is a relatively new event for Le Clos, so he was pleased with the result.

Le Clos, in lane one, took the race to the field blistering out in 23.39 well under world record pace. He still led at the halfway mark but the field came back to him after turning at 150m.

At the point, it looked as if his fast start might take its toll as he started to falter and China's Sun Yang surged to the front but with 15m to go, Le Clos kicked in with the afterburners. The South African's surge though was not enough to win the gold, as Yang edged Le Clos by 0.55 seconds to take the Olympic title.

He had this message for the country.

"Thank you so much to everyone, it means the world to me that I've the support that I have. So I just want to make you guys proud... two more events and another two more medals, hopefully gold. So just a big thank you to everyone."

After the race Le Clos went on to qualify for the mens 200 meter butterfly final, which will be tomorrow morning at 3:20.

Going into today's events South Africa is 21st on the overall medals table.