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    Chad le Clos a winner on Day 1 of Tokyo Olympics SA swimming trials

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    The 2021 SA National Aquatic Championships, which will serve as the nation’s primary Olympic selection meet, kicked off at Newton Park pool in Gqeberha on Wednesday.

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    In the men’s 50m butterfly, veteran Chad le Clos took victory, stopping the clock in 23.72.

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    However, in order to rank among the top-25 times in the world this season, Le Clos would have needed to swim 23.68 or faster.

    Chad le Clos, who is South Africa’s most decorated Olympian of all time, is better known for his 100/200 freestyle and 100/200 butterfly.

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    The men’s 50m butterfly is not an Olympic event.

    Taking second place was 17-year-old Matt Sates who clocked 24.06, while third place went to 16-year-old Pieter Coetze in 24.14, which beat the 2015 age record of 24.44 of now-retired Zane Waddell.

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    Thursday’s Day 2 heats will start at 09:30 with the finals set to begin at 18:00.

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    OTHER RESULTS FROM DAY 1:

    Women’s 50m backstroke

    1. Olivia Nel – 29.13

    2. Rebecca Meder – 29.44

    3. Kerryn Herbst – 29.91

    Men’s 50m backstroke

    1. Pieter Coetze – 25.02

    2. Ian Venter – 26.58

    3. Martin Binedell – 26.69

    Men’s 50m breaststroke

    1. Alaric Basson – 28.09

    T2. Brenden Crawford – 28.22

    T2 Jared Pike – 28.22

    Women’s 800m

    1. Leigh McMorran – 8:54.65

    2. Catherine van Rensburg – 9:02.82

    3. Samantha Randle – 9:06.19

    Men’s 1 500m freestyle

    1. Roberto Gomes – 15:49.02

    2. Henre Louw – 15:58.16

    3. Righardt Muller – 16:12.67.

    Women’s 50m breaststroke

    1. Tatjana Schoenmaker – 30.32

    2. Lara van Niekerk – 31.03

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    3. Caitlin de Lange – 31.87

    Women’s 50m butterfly

    1. Erin Gallagher – 26.50

    2. Inge Weidemann – 26.87

    3. Tayla Lovemore – 27.01

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