South African swimming hero Chad le Clos was in fine form in the men’s 200m butterfly on the second night of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Budapest on Friday evening.
Le Clos was flying in his favourite event taking the lead from start to finish hitting the wall in a time of one minute, 50.29 seconds (1:50.29).
The world record holder out-raced a quality field that included 2015 world champion Laszlo Cseh of Hungary and 2014 Doha world silver medallist Daiya Seto of Japan.
Le Clos was in a class of his own getting off to a flyer swimming from the outside lane.
He was under world-record pace at the half-way point but lost some steam with Seto gaining over the final 50 metres.
But Le Clos held on to win comfortably with Seto finishing second clocking 1:51.01 with countryman Yuya Yajima taking the bronze medal in 1:51.80.
“I am very happy with tonight’s swim…I am just happy to get the win going into the world championships,” Le Clos said on the live broadcast on SuperSport.
Le Clos completed his second consecutive butterfly double gold adding the 200m title to the 100m from the night before.
On Thursday evening he earned the top step of the 100m butterfly beating France’s Mehdy Metella to the wall.
Le Clos touched first in a time of 49.22 seconds with Metella finishing second in 49.71 with Brazil’s Nicholas Santos claiming the bronze in 50.12.
Compatriot Brad Tandy won the bronze medal in the men’s 50m freestyle on Thursday evening finishing behind Russian supremo Vladimir Morozov.
Morozov won the sprint event in a time of 20.51 with Great Britain’s Ben Proud touching in second place in 20.89 with Tandy clocking 21.06 for third place.