PR 65 - Le Clos (RSA) and Alshammar (SWE) strengthen overall lead


Lausanne (SUI), November 5, 2011 - The fifth leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2011 welcomed current and up-and-coming elite swimmers but the sensation of the two-day meet was undoubtedly legendary Ian Thorpe (AUS), who is back in the pool after a five-year break. His best result was a seventh place in the 100m individual medley final.

Ever-impressive Chad Le Clos (RSA), the uncontested dominator of the season, continued his golden quest with six victories (200m freestyle, 100m and 200m butterfly and all three individual medleys).  

Among women, defending World Cup champion Therese Alshammar (SWE) triumphed in three events (50m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly).

The Australians had a strong meet with 12 gold medals. Those with victories included Cameron McEvoy and Emma McKeon (100m freestyle), Blair Evans (200m and 400m freestyle), David McKeon (400m and 1500m freestyle), Rachel Goh (50m and 100m backstroke), Leiston Pickett (50m breaststroke), Christian Sprenger (50m and 100m breaststroke) and Olivia Halicek (100m IM).   

Other countries with gold medals at the World Cup’s first Asian stop were China, Colombia, France, Japan, Kenya and Korea. 

Alshammar and Le Clos scored the best performances of the meet in the 100m and 200m butterfly, respectively, earning each 948 points.