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Chad le Clos wins gold at the FINA World Championships

The 25-year-old redeemed himself for finishing fourth in the butterfly at the Olympic Games last year.

FILE: South Africa’s swimming golden boy Chad le Clos. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s swimming golden boy Chad le Clos was crowned the 200m Butterfly world champion at the FINA Aquatics World Championships after taking the gold medal.

Le Clos stopped the clock in a time of 1:53.33, ahead of Laszlo Cseh and Daiya Seto.

The 25-year-old redeemed himself for finishing fourth in the butterfly at the Olympic Games last year, scooping only his second gold in this event since the 2013 championships.

This is Le Clos’ fourth gold medal at the aquatics championships.

Meanwhile, Cameron van der Burgh stopped the clock at 26.60 seconds to win the bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke with world record-holder Adam Peaty taking gold in 25.99 seconds, while Brazil’s Joao Gomes Junior took the silver.

Van der Burgh was always expected to play second fiddle to Peaty, who set the 50m world record twice in one day on Tuesday - first clocking 26.10 seconds in the heats and then 25.95 seconds in the semi-finals.

The two stars’ medals are the first two at the championships.