Chad le Clos Cruises To 6th-Best 100 Fly in World 51.82; Clinches Olympic Spot

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 13: Chad le Clos qualifies for the Olympics during the heats session 100m butterfly for men on day 6 of the SA National Aquatic Championships and Olympic Trials on April 13 , 2016 at the Kings Park Aquatic Center pool in Durban, South Africa. Photo Credit / Anesh Debiky/Swim SA
Photo Courtesy: Anesh Debiky/Swimming South Africa

Chad le Clos rocketed to victory in the men’s 100-meter fly at the 2016 South African Nationals.

Le Clos clocked a time of 51.82, moving him from eighth in the world to sixth overall.

That time easily cleared the FINA A cut time of 52.36 to secure le Clos a 100 fly swim at the 2016 Rio Olympics as he looks to be the top butterflier in the world by the time Rio comes around.

Dylan Bosch placed second in 53.00, missing the A cut, while Ryan Coetzee finished third overall in 53.21.

                          === Finals ===                          
 
  1 Le Clos, Chad          23 KZNA-ETH            51.91      51.82  
                 24.30        51.82 (27.52)
  2 Bosch, Dylan           22 CGA-JHB             54.04      53.00  
                 25.00        53.00 (28.00)
  3 Coetzee, Ryan          20 NTS-TSH             53.44      53.21  
                 25.49        53.21 (27.72)
  4 Meyer, Nico            24 CGA-JHB             54.13      54.19  
                 25.92        54.19 (28.27)
  5 Basson, Alard          20 NMA-NMA             54.56      54.54  
                 25.29        54.54 (29.25)
  6 Goveia, Ralph          20 NTS-TSH             55.07      54.76  
                 25.59        54.76 (29.17)
  7 Vorster, Eben          18 FS-MAN              55.03      54.84  
                 25.64        54.84 (29.20)
  8 vd Merwe, JP           22 NTS-TSH             56.10      55.88  
                 26.40        55.88 (29.48)
  9 Levy, Brendan          18 KZNA-ETH            56.11      55.90  
                 26.42        55.90 (29.48)
 10 Hoole, Jarryd          20 BCA-BUF             55.94      56.87  
                 26.30        56.87 (30.57)