‘Chad could win a medal’ – Neethling

2012-07-31 10:50
Daniel Mothowagae in London
Athens gold medallist Ryk Neethling has tipped Chad le Clos to do well in the final of the men’s 200m butterfly at the Olympics tonight (8.49pm SA time).

The 20-year-old finished second in his heat and his time of 1:54.34 was even better than that of American icon Michael Phelps, who won the first heat in 1:54.53.

The two will start on lane 5 and 6 respectively in their showdown at the Aquatics Centre.

“SA you better be watching the 200 fly tomorrow. A young man (Le Clos) will make us proud,” the 2004 Games 4x100m relay gold medallist tweeted.

Added Neethling who is at the London event as TV analyst for SuperSport: “Chad can win a medal but it is a huge ask. Cameron almost made it look easy. Chad wasn’t top 8 before the Games – any medal will be great.”

Le Clos had already claimed the scalp of Phelps when the Durban-born swimmer won the overall FINA Swim World Cup last year.

Other South African swimmers were not successful yesterday as Karin Meaklim (200m individual medley) and Katheryn Prinsloo (200m freestyle) both finished seventh in their respective heats, which was not good enough to make the second round.

»Team SA on Day 3 at a glance:

Hockey (Men)
The men’s side lost 6-0 to Australia in their opening match in which Cronje marked his 100th cap.

Gideon van Zyl lost to Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan in the round of 32 during the men’s 73kg eliminators.

Rowing (Women’s pair)
Hayden Smith and Lee-Ann Pieterse finished 5th out of six boats and will feature in the “B” final tomorrow.

Equestrian (Individual)
Alexander Peternell finished 56th in the cross country event.

He had finished 72nd during the dressage over the weekend. He will feature in the jumping event today.

Karin Hultzen lost 6-2 to Italy’s Pia Lionetti during the round of 32 eliminators.

Beach volleyball (Men’s doubles)
Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt lost their second pool match in succession after a 2-0 loss to Latvia.

The pair lost to USA by the same margin on Saturday and they are placed 3rd in Group D with a game to spare.

Michelle Edwards and Annari Viljoen lost 2-0 to Indonesia.

» Team SA schedule for today (SA time)

Hockey (Women)

SA vs New Zealand (11.45am)

Men’s freestyle heats: Gideon Louw (11.10am)
Men’s 100m freestyle heats: Graeme Moore (11.02am)

Men’s 4x200m freestyle heats:
Men’s 200 m butterfly final (8.49pm)

Football (women)
Banyana vs Japan (Millenium Stadium, Cardiff – 3.30pm)

Rowing (Men’s lightweight fours)
Matthew Brittain, Lawrence Ndlovu, John Smith, James Thomspon (1.30pm)

Equestrian (Individual)
Alexander Peternell (jumping qualifiers) – 11.30am; Final 3.30pm if he advances.

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