After a no-show for the men’s 200m freestyle heats on Monday, Chad le Clos prepared himself to take on Laszlo Cseh in the 200m butterfly at the world aquatic championships in Budapest.
Cited by AFP, Le Clos explained that: “We decided about three weeks ago not to swim, I did a time trial about 10 days ago and I was about 1.47.0.
“I realised I'm probably not in the right shape to go 1.44 here.”
Despite this, the 2012 Olympic champion won the men’s butterfly world title, reaching a time of one minute 53.33 seconds. Cseh trailed behind him by 0.39 seconds and Japan's Daiya Seto earned bronze at 0.88sec.
After redeeming himself of reaching a disappointing fourth place in 2016, Le Clos responded to his achievement by saying: "I knew it was going to be difficult with everyone cheering for the two Hungarians."
"I'm very humbled to have come out on top and reclaim the gold medal that I lost last year."
The 31-year-old Cseh said: "I'm still happy with the second place, the time is quite good to get the silver medal.
"It's great, I think if anyone can beat me, it is normal that it is Chad, because he's one of the best in the world and it's always great to race against him."
Meanwhile, Cameron Van der Burgh competed in the 50m breaststroke final, reaching a 26.60 time to claim bronze. Adam Peaty claimed the top position as he raced to 25.99.
Results from the swimming finals at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on Wednesday:
Men's 200m butterfly
1. Chad le Clos (RSA) 1:53.33
2. Laszlo Cseh (HUN) 1:53.72
3. Daiya Seto (JPN) 1:54.21
Men's 50m breaststroke
1. Adam Peaty (GBR) 25.99
2. Joao Gomes Junior (BRA) 26.52
3. Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) 26.60
Men's 800m freestyle
1. Gabriele Detti (ITA) 7:40.77
2. Wojciech Wojdak (POL) 7:41.73
3. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 7:42.44
Women's 200m freestyle
1. Federica Pellegrini (ITA)
Mixed 4x100 medley relay
1. United States 3:38.56 - WR