South Africa’s medal harvest at the 2018 Gold Commonwealth Games continued unabated as Chad le Clos added the 100m freestyle silver medal to his growing list.
Le Clos turned second at the wall and had to keep the intensity up to touch in 48.15 seconds, the exact same time as Rio Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers of Australia to share the silver medal.
Scotsman Duncan Scott walked away with the spoils finishing ahead Le Clos and Chalmers with a winning time of 48.02.
“I am very happy, I am very proud, and it was very close, I could see him coming behind me and was like ‘please no, please no’ but I am happy with the swim,” Le Clos said.
“It is a personal best time for me and you can’t complain about a PB.”
The rise of South Africa’s female swimmers continued on Sunday with Erin Galagher smashing the South African and continental 100m freestyle record in her semi-final.
She shaved 0.1 off Karin Prinsloo’s national record finishing fourth in her semi-final in a time of 54.38.
Gallagher missed out on a medal in the 50m butterfly final where she finished in seventh place with a time of 26.84.
South Africa will have three swimmers in the men’s 50m breaststroke on Monday but all focus will be on Cameron van der Burgh, who is chasing his third consecutive gold in the event.
Van der Burgh won his semi-final in a time of 26.95.
World record-holder Adam Peaty of England won his race in a time of 26.49 with South Africans Michael Houlie and Brad Tandy finishing fourth and fifth respectively with 27.64 and 27.99 to qualify for the final.
“I’ve got the final tomorrow, I’m feeling good and comfortable and excited for things to come,” Van der Burgh said.
“The most important thing is to come and give my best performance that is the best anyone can do and that is what the Games are all about.”
Newly crowned Commonwealth 200m breaststroke champion Tatjana Schoenmaker turned in another superb performance winning her 100m breaststroke semi-final in a time of 1:06.65, just 0.13 short of Penny Heyns’ national record.