Swimming: Chad Le Clos smashes own 100m fly short course world record

Chad Le Clos of South Africa reacts after winning the 100m Butterfly final with a world record time of 48.08 at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships on Dec 8, 2016.
Chad Le Clos of South Africa reacts after winning the 100m Butterfly final with a world record time of 48.08 at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships on Dec 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

WINDSOR, Canada (Reuters) - South African Chad le Clos delivered a near-perfect swim on Thursday to break his own world record in the men's 100m butterfly final at the Fina short course world swimming championships in Windsor, Ontario.

After making a loose start with his legs splayed apart as he dove into the pool, le Clos powered into the lead and stayed out in front with brilliantly executed turns before finishing the race in a record 48.08 seconds.

His time shattered the previous short course mark of 48.44sec which he set at the 2014 world championships in Doha, and the 24-year-old let out a bellow of delight when his time was flashed up on the screen.

American Tom Shields took the silver in 49.04sec, with Australia's David Morgan settling for bronze in 49.31sec.