South Africa’s hopes of a first medal at the World Aquatic Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, now hinge on Chad le Clos.
The defending 200 metres butterfly world champion finished second in his semi-final and qualified fifth fastest for Wednesday’s final.
Le Clos will face off with Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak, who is the man to beat.
Milak was more than two seconds faster than anyone else in the semi-finals, clocking 1:55.96 seconds. Le Clos’ time was one 1:55.88 seconds.
Tatjana Schoemaker finished sixth in the women’s 100 metres breaststroke final. The race was won by world record holder, Lilly King of the United States in 1 minute, 4.93 seconds. Yuliya Efimova of Russia was second and Martina Carraro of Italy, third.