PR 61 - Chad Le Clos (RSA) gets six gold medals in Dubai (UAE)


Lausanne (SUI), October 10 – Chad Le Clos (RSA) was the athlete in evidence in the first leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, organised in Dubai (UAE) on October 7-8, 2011. The South African star got six gold medals in the superb Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex, site of the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) last December in the exciting metropolis of the United Arab Emirates.

Le Clos was the best in the 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m butterfly, and in the 100m, 200m and 400m individual medley. In the 200m butterfly, he established the best male performance of the meet, clocking 1:52.55 (911 points). Other successful athletes in Dubai included Marco Koch (GER), winner of the three breaststroke events, and Jason Dunford (KEN), the fastest in the 50m free, 100m free and 50m butterfly. Samuel Pizzetti (ITA) dominated the longest events in the programme (400m and 1500m free), while Japan’s Masafumi Yamaguchi won in the 50m and 100m backstroke.

Among women, Asian swimmers appeared in great shape in Dubai: China got five victories, Japan triumphed in three races, and Hong Kong’s Hang Yu Sze got the gold in the 100m individual medley. Dutch stars Marleen Veldhuis (50m free 50m butterfly) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (100m free) also swam fast in Dubai. Petra Granlund (SWE, 400m free and 200m butterfly) and Daryna Zevina (UKR, 100m and 200m back – in the latter event, she got the best female performance of the event, 2:02.94, corresponding to 934 points) were the remaining athletes with two victories in the United Arab Emirates.

The FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup can be followed through live streaming of finals via FINA TV.

1st Meet – October 7-8, in Dubai (UAE)



50m free

Krisztian Takacs (HUN)
& Jason Dunford (KEN) 21.78

Marleen Veldhuis (NED) 24.14

100m free

Jason Dunford (KEN) 47.95

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 52.88

200m free

Kai Wai David Wong (HKG) 1:46.70

Shijia Wang (CHN) 1:56.76

400m free

Samuel Pizzetti (ITA) 3:45.45

Petra Granlund (SWE) 4:15.53

800m free (W)


Spela Bohinc (SLO) 8:45.43

1500m free (M)

Samuel Pizzetti (ITA) 14:56.85


50m back

Masafumi Yamaguchi (JPN) 24.17

Miyuki Takemura (JPN) 27.12

100m back

Masafumi Yamaguchi (JPN) 52.28

Daryna Zevina (UKR) 58.18

200m back

Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:55.95

Daryna Zevina (UKR) 2:02.94

50m breast

Marco Koch (GER) 27.51

Xiaoyu Liu (CHN) 30.52

100m breast

Marco Koch (GER) 59.07

Xiaoyu Liu (CHN) 1:04.79

200m breast

Marco Koch (GER) 2:04.97

Rong Fan (CHN) 2:22.58

50m butterfly

Jason Dunford (KEN) 23.33

Marleen Veldhuis (NED) 26.02

100m butterfly

Chad Le Clos (RSA) 50.66

Junyao Wang (CHN) 58.05

200m butterfly

Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:52.55

Petra Granlund (SWE) 2:09.71

100m ind. medley

Chad Le Clos (RSA) 53.48

Hang Yu Sze (HKG) 1:01.53

200m ind. medley

Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:55.14

Izumi Kato (JPN) 2:09.04

400m ind. medley

Chad Le Clos (RSA) 4:04.58

Izumi Kato (JPN) 4:34.52

Provisional leaders of the World Cup after the 1st meet





1. Chad Le Clos



2. Marco Koch



3. Dinko Jukic







1. Daryna Zevina



2. Xiaoyu Liu



3. Izumi Kato