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Schoeman strikes “double gold” in Berlin

August 10, 2013
Roland Schoeman

Roland Schoeman

Roland Schoeman claimed two gold medals during the first night of action at the FINA World Cup in Berlin. After a fairly quick morning, swimmers were looking to cash in some major cheques with podium placements. It was the evergreen Schoeman who headed the South African challenge which saw the sensational Chad le Clos and promising Myles Brown once again secure podium finishes.

Men’s 50 breast
The man who has been labeled #hewhocansprintanything on Twitter, Roland Schoeman, proved it again this evening with a triumphant performance in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke.

Schoeman, who has one of the best starts in the business, turned in a 25.65 to capture the sprint breaststroke title tonight. That swim beat his lifetime best of 25.86 from the Eindhoven stop earlier this week, and moved him closer to Cameron van der Burgh‘s world record of 25.25 set here in Berlin in 2009.

Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli, a breaststroke specialist, picked up second-place honors in the sprint with a 25.72, while Germany’s Hendrik Feldwehr finished third in 26.37.

Men’s 200 fly
South Africa’s Chad Le Clos overpowered the rest of the field down the stretch en route to a winning time in the men’s 200-meter butterfly this evening.

Le Clos, who became an international star last summer in the long course 200 fly with an upset of The Legend Michael Phelps at the 2012 London Games, eased through his swim tonight before dropping a 28.12 final split on the field for the win in 1:49.90. That’s less than a second off his world record from earlier this week in Eindhoven when he earned $10,000 for a 1:49.04.

Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski cashed a second-place check with a 1:50.43, just off his top time of 1:50.13 from 2009, while Japan’s Daiya Seto picked up his second podium of the night with a 1:50.96 for third.

Men’s 400 free
Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary turned in the fastest textile time for an American as he led a U.S. 1-2 in the men’s 400-meter freestyle finale.

Clary raced to a 3:36.86, just two seconds off Peter Vanderkaay‘s American record of 3:34.81 from 2009, but is two second faster than Vanderkaay’s U.S. textile best of 3:38.44 from the 2010 short course world championships.

USA‘s Conor Dywer earned a second-place paycheck with a swift 3:40.10 of his own as the NBAC swimmer continues to pile up the cash thus far on the circuit. South Africa’s Myles Brown pocketed third place with a time of 3:41.36.

Men’s 50 fly
South Africa’s Roland Schoeman swept the 50s tonight with a scorcher in the men’s 50-meter fly.

After having already taken home the 50 breast crown, Schoeman ripped through the sprint fly with a 22.05 for the win. That’s an African record, besting his previous top time of 22.22 from the Eindhoven stop, and moving him to the top five all time in the event’s history.

Germany’s Steffen Deibler, the world-record holder with a 21.80 from 2009 here in Berlin, clocked a second-place 22.14, while South Africa’s Chad Le Clos took home third in 22.53.

For the full story go to Swimming World Magazine

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