Commonwealth Games: Majestic hat-trick for 'king' Chad le Clos

South African dubs himself the Phelps of the C'wealth Games after 3rd straight 200 fly title

South Africa's Chad le Clos proved that he was the king of the 200m butterfly at the Commonwealth Games he won his pet event for the third consecutive time last night in a Games record of 1 min 54sec.
South Africa's Chad le Clos proved that he was the king of the 200m butterfly at the Commonwealth Games he won his pet event for the third consecutive time last night in a Games record of 1 min 54sec.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

He strode into the mixed zone after his medal presentation at the Optus Aquatic Centre last night, and cheerily declared: "Hi guys, he is back. The king is back."

South Africa's Chad le Clos proved that he was the king of the 200m butterfly - at least at the Commonwealth Games - when the 25-year-old won his pet event for the third consecutive time last night in a Games record of 1 min 54sec.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Majestic hat-trick from 'king' Le Clos'. Subscribe