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Chad le Clos wins 200 butterfly at world swimming championships (video)

Spain Swimming Worlds

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 200m butterfly final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)


Chad Le Clos, 21, follows his Olympic title with a world championship, forcefully splashing the water after touching first. He was one tenth behind Pawel Korzeniowski after 150 meters. Korzeniowski earned his third career world medal in the 200 fly. Wu Peng won his fourth world medal in the event. The retired Michael Phelps had won the previous three world titles in this, his signature race.

“I was very nervous coming into his race because I was the favorite of course,” le Clos told Universal Sports. “Having Michael there (when Phelps was competing) almost lifts you, to be honest. ... I’m in awe of him, every time I see him. ... Knowing that he was watching in the stands means a lot to me.”

Gold: Chad le Clos (RSA) 1:54.32

Silver: Pawel Korzeniowski (POL) 1:55.01
Bronze: Wu Peng (CHN) 1:55.09
4. Chen Yin (CHN) 1:55.47
5. Tom Luchsinger (USA) 1:55.70
6. Nikolay Skvortsov (RUS) 1:56.02
7. Tyler Clary (USA) 1:56.34
8. Leonardo De Deus (BRA) 1:56.44