Le Clos admits not winning gold has affected his mental state
Chad le Clos says that his heavy loss in his favoured events has weighed heavily on his mental state.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Despite winning two silver medals at the Rio Olympic Games, Chad le Clos has told Eyewitness News, that his heavy loss in his favoured events has weighed heavily on his mental state this week.
Le Clos clinched silver last night in a dead-heat with Michael Phelps and Laszlo Cseh to win silver in the 100 metres butterfly.
That takes team South Africa to five medals overall; four silvers and a bronze and 40th on the overall medals table.
Joseph Schooling of Singapore was the champion.
Le Clos says it's been a major learning curve for him.
"It's very upsetting and it's hard to think about this week. I had a lot of high expectations for myself and from everybody, I feel like I should have done better but it was a freestyle and who would have ever thought that I get a silver from there."
Elsewhere in medal focus, Wayde van Niekerk got his tilt at the 400m title underway cruising through the heats.
Luvo Manyonga and Rushwal Samaai both qualified for the long jump final.
Dominique Scott came 21st in the 10,000m final won in a huge world record by Alyaz Almana of Ethiopia in 29:17.45.
Carina Horn is through to the semi-finals of the 100m while Alyssa Conley missed out
While Lebogang Shange was 44th in the race walk.
In the 3m diving prelims Julia Vincent finished 29th while in badminton South Africa's Jakob Maliekal beat Ukraine's Artem Pochtarov.