WATCH: Chad le Clos chases history, greatness in 200m butterfly final



South Africa’s most decorated swimmer Chad le Clos will have a chance to make history in Birmingham on Sunday evening when he swims in the 200m butterfly final at the Commonwealth Games.

Defending champion Les Clos qualified second in speed (1:56.85) in the heats on Sunday morning and will be confident of a podium spot. The fastest morning was New Zealander Lewis Clerbert, who clocked 1.56, 76.

Le Clos, who may be swimming at his last Commonwealth Games, has a total of 17 medals from his previous three events. One more medal will put him along with shooters Michael Gault from England and Phil Adams or Australia, which each have 18 Commonwealth Games medals.

‘it’s creepy’

Le Clos, who qualified for the 200m final on Sunday, marks 10 years since he defeated American Michael Phelps in London in 2012 to become Olympic champion.

“It’s creepy,” he said after qualifying. “This is a monumental day for me, but you know what, I took the emotions out of today because it’s different.

“It’s the same country, the same day, the same hour, the same lane, but in the end, tonight I have to get together, execute, make a game plan.”

Meanwhile, South Africa will look to more medals elsewhere after the gold won by Lara van Niekerk as well as Peter Coetzee On Saturday night.

Tatiana Schoenmaker was the fastest (2:21.76) in qualifying for the women’s 200m breaststroke final also on Sunday evening, and will be joined by Kaileen Corbett, who placed second in her heat in 2:25.08 and qualified fourth in speed to the final.