Chad Le Clos Rediscovers Midas Touch To Surge Past Daiya Seto At The Touch

Chad Le Clos - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Hard to say that Chad Le Clos looked more like his old self today at the Barcelona round of the Mare Nostrum, what with more hair on his face and less sideways glancing to his performance but the South African Olympic and World champion fought back under fire from Japan’s Daiya Seto on the way to a 1:54.90 win in the 200m butterfly justified the big smile that beamed back at the scoreboard when the job was done

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Hard to say that Chad Le Clos looked more like his old self today at the Barcelona round of the Mare Nostrum, what with more hair on his face and less sideways glancing to his performance but the South African Olympic and World champion fought back under fire from Japan’s Daiya Seto on the way to a 1:54.90 win in the 200m butterfly justified the big smile that beamed back at the scoreboard when the job was done

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Bill Bell

Just like Irie’s able to rattle off sub-54.9a/1:56.0s w/ amazing consistency is U.S. Oeaty now in 100 breast.

Fifty-nine eight three twice at Canet, 59.5 here, maybe @ Monaco he’ll break his Mare Nostrum series record of 59.29 from last year’s Canet meeting. Then unless he swims at the Paris Open in early Julyy it’s back to the grindstone until the Big Dance in Mither Russia.

And since HUS wr at London was done wearing a dragsuit, pull buoys, floats AND 500- pound weights on his wrists/ankles once he ditches the floats for Kazan he just mite break a minute.

aswimfan

^^
Proof that Bill Bell has not lost his midas touch, even for non US Swimmers

Craig Lord

Proof that he keeps losing his tablets, aswimfan 🙂 I wasn’t even aware that Oety was to be in Mither Russia this simmer

SprinterSA

Peaty has taken an extraordinary time (59 sec) and turned it into somewhat of a training swim. His consistency is going to be the difference in Kazan (and i suppose his 57+).

Cameron VDB seems to be biding his time, working on that backend a little bit. We all know that he is the most likely to go with peaty (atleast down the first 50m) with his natural speed.

I knew chad would put in a great 200 fly in Barcelona. He hates to lose, and used that 4th place to fuel the fire for that 1:54.9.

Just having a look at him and knowing the work he did in Doha tells me there is a man who is going to do some great things in Kazan.

Mie has been really consistent, (similar to Peaty) and i can see her swimming 58+ in Kazan. That will bode really well for the 4×1 medley.

Katinka is on point, although she has gone through 200m in around 2:08 before, perhaps she is just testing her last half to get closer to WR split.

Don’t be shocked if Le Clos swims 51 low tonight…

roy

Peaty makes a time of 59 in the 100 fly look like a training swim. Irie makes a 1:55 in the 200 backstroke look like another day in the pool while ruta meilutyte makes a 1:05 in the 100 breaststroke look too damn easy.

roy

I meant peaty in the 100 breast not 100 fly

SprinterSA

Chad not entered in the 100 fly this AM. Pity. 200 Back before fly and IM tonight from Hosszu.

Will we see 2:06??

commonwombat

I fear Bill is the poster child for NOT legalising “weed”.

aswimfan

The live streaming coverage quality of this Mare Nostrum is simply exceptional. I am enjoying the HD quality with acceptable to good commentary.

Craig Lord

Yes, the quality of images is great. They need a swimming expert sitting with the commentator… important to know that James Guy didn’t go for his medal and it was Stephen Milne that went in his place and that’s why he removed the medal from around his neck.

aswimfan

Yeah, the commentator was only reading whatever list and paper in front of him, he kept mistaking WR time for finish time.. LOL

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