Chad Le Clos pocketed a cool $150‚000 bonus for finishing the World Cup series as the top-ranked male swimmer in Singapore on Sunday.
Le Clos regained the crown he has held three times before — in 2011‚ 2013 and 2014 — to move clear of countryman Cameron van der Burgh on three.
He is one short of the record five held by Hungarian female star Katinka Hosszú.
As a nation, SA boasts the most series wins across both genders with nine victories‚ followed by Sweden‚ lifted to six by Sarah Sjöström winning the women’s crown.
SA’s other two titles were delivered by Ryk Neethling in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
Le Clos said he was looking forward to his next big gala‚ the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast‚ Australia‚ in 2018. "The money’s great‚ of course‚ but also this series was about getting some hard racing in with the best — like today with Vlad [Morozov‚ the Russian runner-up, who won the overall men’s title in 2016]. Now I’m excited for the Commonwealth Games," he said, adding he planned to be back in the gym by Monday afternoon.