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Le Clos wins in Monaco

June 8, 2013
Chad le Clos

Chad le Clos

The Mare Nostrum series opened in Monaco with several finals along with the second and third rounds of the Monaco 50s unique to this meet. Three Olympic gold medalists picked up wins on day one. Ruta Meilutyte highlighted the first day of action with a new European record in the women’s 100 breast

Meilutyte put up a 1:05.20, clipping her previous record of 1:05.21 set at the Olympics last summer in the semi-finals. Meilutyte won gold in the final the following day. Meilutyte won the race by more than two and a half seconds, as Japan’s Kanako Wantanabe came in second at 1:07.92, and Russia’s Valentina Artemyeva grabbed third in 1:08.56.

South Africa’s Chad Le Clos took the win in his signature event, the men’s 200 fly. The Olympic gold medalist from 2012 pulled away from Hungary’s Bence Biczo on the last 50 and clocked a 1:56.34, which ranked as the eighth-best time in the world this year. Biczo hung on for second in 1:57.23, and Japan’s Yuki Kobori finished third in 1:57.68.

For the full report go to Swimming World Magazine

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