Chad le Clos has won the men’s 50 metre butterfly event at the Commonwealth Games, with teammate Ryan Coetzee claiming third place. Their triumphs bring South Africa’s medal tally to three, after Henri Schoeman brought home gold in the men’s triathlon.

Le Clos cruised to first place  in a time of 23.37 seconds, beating Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter. According to Sport24, he was nervous about being placed in the fourth lane.

“That’s the only (50m) medal that I’ve ever won in long course,” said Le Clos. “I’ve never been in lane four in a 50 final in my entire life. I didn’t want to talk about it, but if Ben Proud had been in the final he would have won for sure,” he added.

“Fortunately or unfortunately I got the gold medal and I’m happy with that.” Just minutes after winning his gold medal, Le Clos was back in the pool for the 200m freestyle final, but failed to finish on the podium for that event.

Chad le Clos was the fastest qualifier in the 50m butterfly this morning. He won in 23.54 after England’s Benjamin Proud was disqualified. Ryan Coetzee @RyanCoetzee and @bradtandy02 Brad Tandy joins Le Clos in the the semis.

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