Chad le Clos
Le Clos in 2013
|Full name||Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos|
|National team||South Africa|
12 April 1992 |
Durban, South Africa
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||77.8 kg (172 lb)|
|Strokes||Butterfly, freestyle, medley|
|Club||Seagulls Swimming Club|
Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos OIS, (born 12 April 1992) is a South African competitive swimmer who is an Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion as well as the Commonwealth record holder in the 50 and 100-metre butterfly. He won gold in the 200-metre butterfly and silver in the 100-metre butterfly in the 2012 Olympics in London, as well as silver in the 200-metre freestyle in the 2016 Summer Olympics. He also won five medals at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore. Le Clos has won the Overall Swimming World Cup three times: 2011, 2013 and 2014.
- 1 Biography
- 2 2010 Short Course World Championships and Commonwealth Games
- 3 2011 Long Course World championships
- 4 2012 Olympics
- 5 2013 Long Course World championships
- 6 2016 Olympics
- 7 Career best times
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Le Clos was born to a Mauritian father of French descent and a South African mother. He attended Westville Boys' High School in Durban, South Africa, matriculating in 2010. He has been swimming from a very young age, and when he started competing at the age of 10 he already had a few years of training under his belt.
He was conferred the silver Order of Ikhamanga on 27 April 2013. In a statement by the Chairperson of the National Orders Advisory Council, Dr. Cassius Lubisi, le Clos was conferred the honour "For his excellent achievements on the international swimming stage, especially at the London Olympics in 2012, thus placing South Africa in high standing globally in the field of Aquatic sports."
He was also announced as the KZN Newsmaker of the Year 2013 at the Durban City Hall on 9 October 2013. The event was hosted by the Durban University of Technology, the City of Durban, and the DUT Journalism Advisory Board. Radio personality Alan Khan was the programme director. Le Clos was not present to receive his award as he was swimming in Moscow. His father, Bert le Clos, received the honour on le Clos' behalf.
Le Clos won the Daily News SPAR Sports Person of the Year in 2010 in which the top school sportsmen were nominated.
2010 Short Course World Championships and Commonwealth Games
At the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, Le Clos collected 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. He won the titles in the 200-metre butterfly and the 400-metre individual medley, breaking the Games record in both events.
At the World Short Course Championships in Dubai, Le Clos won the gold medal in the 200-metre butterfly. He narrowly beat Brazilian Kaio de Almeida by 0.05 of a second and Hungarian László Cseh, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, by 0.11 of a second.
2011 Long Course World championships
On the first day of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London Le Clos finished fifth in the 400-metre individual medley. On the fourth day, Le Clos won the gold medal in the 200-metre butterfly in 1min 52.96 sec, edging out the two-time defending olympic champion and world record holder, Michael Phelps, by 0.05 seconds. Le Clos had stated before the games, in personal information given to the media, that his sporting hero is Michael Phelps, and that beating his hero was totally unexpected. The next day Le Clos qualified for the final of the 200-metre individual medley by swimming the (tied) seventh time in the semi-finals, but he withdrew to focus on the 100-metre butterfly. On the seventh day of the competition Le Clos won the silver medal in the 100-metre butterfly, tied with Yevgeny Korotyshkin in a time of 51.44 sec, at 0.23 sec behind Phelps.
In the course of the 2012 Games, Le Clos' father, Bert le Clos, became an instant media personality as a result of being interviewed on British television about his son's achievement of winning a gold medal.
2013 Long Course World championships
After his Olympic success, Le Clos came into the World Championships as a threat. This year however, Le Clos shortened his program, deciding to only take part in the butterfly events. In his first event, the 50-metre butterfly, Le Clos came 23rd with a time of 23.76, unable to advance to the semi-finals. In his signature event, the 200-metre butterfly, after easily breezing into the final he followed his win from the Olympics, where he won with a 1:54.32. He finished off his schedule by winning the 100-metre fly with a new national record of 51.06, ending the championships on a good note.
Le Clos won the silver medal in the 200 metre freestyle event, finishing behind China's Sun Yang in a time of 1:45.20 to become one of South Africa's most decorated Olympians. He also finished 4th in the 200 metre butterfly in which he was the defending champion. Sadly, he died at the hands of a 20 time Olympic gold medalist and Le Clos was buried beneath Phelps' medals.
Career best times
Long course (50-metre pool)
|100 m freestyle||48.16||Moscow||11 August 2015|
|200 m freestyle||1:45.20||Rio||8 August 2016||AF, NR|
|50 m butterfly||23.29||Glasgow||24 July 2014|
|100 m butterfly||50.56||Kazan||8 August 2015||AF, NR|
|200 m butterfly||1:52.96||London||31 July 2012||AF, NR|
|200 m IM||1:58.49||London||1 August 2012|
|400 m IM||4:12.24||London||28 July 2012|
Short course metres (25-metre pool)
|100 m freestyle||46.29||Doha||27 August 2014|
|200 m freestyle||1:41.45||Doha||3 December 2014|
|50 m butterfly||21.95||Doha||6 December 2014|
|100 m butterfly||48.44||Doha||4 December 2014||WR|
|200 m butterfly||1:48.56||Singapore||5 November 2013||WR|
|200 m IM||1:51:56||Dubai||1 September 2014|
|400 m IM||3:59.23||Tokyo||9 November 2013|
- "Le Clos wins gold in Delhi". sport24.co.za. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
- "Le champion olympique Chad Le Clos s'entraîne à Maurice" [Olympic Champion Chad Le Clos Trains in Mauritius] (in French). Le Défi Media Group. 1 February 2013. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
- Graeme Joffe (10 May 2012). "Road to London: Chad le Clos". sport24.co.za. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
- "Chad le Clos". www.london2012.com. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- Chris Paine (1 August 2012). "UNBELIEVABLE! Chad le Clos's dad is the proudest man at the Games". www.dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- Richard Hookham (4 August 2012). "Chad le Clos's dad Bert becomes online hit after emotional TV interview". Metro. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012.
- "Chad le Clos bags a silver". Retrieved 9 August 2016.
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|Men's 100-metre butterfly
world record-holder (short course)
4 December 2014 – present
Kaio de Almeida
|Men's 200-metre butterfly
world record-holder (short course)
7 August 2013 – present
|Male World Cup Overall Winner
Cameron van der Burgh
Cameron van der Burgh
|African Swimmer of the Year
2012 – 2015
|FINA Swimmer of the Year