Japan’s Daiya Seto has broken Chad le Clos‘ 200 metre butterfly Short Course world record and won the gold medal at the Short Course World Championships in Hangzhou, China.
There was very little to choose between Seto and Le Clos with the South African leaving his strong finish just too late.
Both touched the wall under Le Clos’ world record of 1 min 48.56 seconds.
Seto won in 1 min 48.24 seconds, eight hundredths of a second ahead of Le Clos in second place.
Le Clos’ countryman, Cameron van der Burg, who was 9th fastest overall in Tuesday morning’s 100 metres breaststroke heats, was sixth fastest in the Tuesday afternoon semi-finals and qualified for Wednesday’s final.