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Chad le Clos, South Africa’s most decorated Olympian of all time, stopped the clock in an impressive 1:55.88 with Ethan du Preez taking second place in 1:56.44.
Both Le Clos, now 28, and Du Preez, still only 17, dipped under the qualifying time for the Games to be held in July-August this year.
Ross Hartigan completed the podium in a time of 2:01.73.
Chad le Clos won the men’s 50m butterfly on Day 1 of the championships. The men’s 50m butterfly is not an Olympic event.
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Earlier, 17-year-old Matt Sates won the men’s 100m freestyle in 49.29.
Matthew Bosch took second (50.65) with Douglas Erasmus in third (50.77).
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Meanwhile, in the women’s 100m, Erin Gallagher narrowly edged out Aimee Canny by 0.02 taking the win in 54.89.
Emma Chelius finished third in 55.04.
The women’s 200m butterfly was won by Dune Coetzee in 2:13.87, with Trinity Hearne in second (2:16.64) and Leigh McMorran in third (2:19.09).
Friday’s Day 3 heats will start at 09:30 with the finals set to begin at 18:00.
The championships will conclude on Monday, 12 April.
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