Both brand ambassadors leave Doha with several accolades after a successful week of racing.
At the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) where OMEGA was on-site as Official Timekeeper, two of the brand’s swimming ambassadors left Doha with new medals and titles to add to their already-impressive list of accomplishments.
FINA Best Male Swimmer of the Year Chad Le Clos took home gold medals in the 200m freestyle and 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events, setting a new world record along the way with his time of 48.44 seconds in the 100m butterfly event and clocking a course record in the shorter of the three butterfly events with 21.95 seconds.
“I think timing is important to get the [world record]. You have to race to win. There was lots of pressure from the media and others on my shoulders and I wanted to show FINA and the world that I am the best swimmer in the world," Chad said after his world record-setting race.
With his victories in Doha, Chad became the first athlete (male or female) to win all three butterfly events at a single short course world championships and is the second male swimmer ever to have won at least four individual medals at an international swimming competition of this sort.
Twelve-time Olympic medallist Natalie Coughlin experienced her own success as part of two women’s relay teams. The American women took home silver medals in both the 4x50m medley relay and 4x100m freestyle relay events with Natalie as the anchor and starter respectively. Both relay teams set new American records. In the 4x100m freestyle event the American team finished the race under the previous world record time, which was broken and set by the Netherlands who came in 1.17 seconds before the US.
OMEGA is proud of both Chad and Natalie and they’re success at the FINA World Swimming Championships this week. We look forward to seeing their list of accomplishments continue to grow on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond.
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