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Chad le Clos
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Le Clos in 2013
Personal information
Full nameChad Guy Bertrand le Clos
National teamSouth Africa
Born (1992-04-12) 12 April 1992 (age 29)
Durban, South Africa
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle, individual medley
ClubEnergy Standard
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing South Africa
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 1 3 0
World Championships (LC) 4 1 2
World Championships (SC) 10 5 2
Commonwealth Games 7 3 7
African Games 9 1 0
African Championships 1 1 2
Total 32 14 13
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London 200 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2012 London 100 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro 200 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro 100 m butterfly
World Championships (LC)
Gold medal – first place 2013 Barcelona 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2013 Barcelona 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2015 Kazan 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2017 Budapest 200 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2015 Kazan 200 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Gwangju 100 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Gwangju 200 m butterfly
World Championships (SC)
Gold medal – first place 2010 Dubai 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2012 Istanbul 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2014 Doha 200 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2014 Doha 50 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2014 Doha 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2014 Doha 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2016 Windsor 50 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2016 Windsor 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2016 Windsor 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2018 Hangzhou 100 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2012 Istanbul 50 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2016 Windsor 200 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2018 Hangzhou 50 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2018 Hangzhou 200 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2021 Abu Dhabi 100 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Hangzhou 100 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2021 Abu Dhabi 200 m butterfly
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Delhi 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2010 Delhi 400 m medley
Gold medal – first place 2014 Glasgow 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2014 Glasgow 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast 50 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast 200 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2010 Delhi 4×100 m medley
Silver medal – second place 2014 Glasgow 4×100 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast 100 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Delhi 4×100 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Delhi 4×200 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Glasgow 50 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Glasgow 200 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Glasgow 4×200 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Glasgow 4×100 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Gold Coast 4×100 m medley
African Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Maputo 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2011 Maputo 200 m medley
Gold medal – first place 2011 Maputo 400 m medley
Gold medal – first place 2011 Maputo 4×100 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2011 Maputo 4×100 m medley
Gold medal – first place 2015 Brazzaville 50 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2015 Brazzaville 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 2015 Brazzaville 4×200 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2015 Brazzaville 4×100 m mixed freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2011 Maputo 100 m butterfly
African Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Bloemfontein 100 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2008 Johannesburg 200 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Johannesburg 50 m breaststroke
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Johannesburg 200 m breaststroke
Youth Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Singapore 200 m medley
Silver medal – second place 2010 Singapore 100 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2010 Singapore 200 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 2010 Singapore 400 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Singapore 4×100 m freestyle

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.[1] He is a former world record holder in the short course 100-metre butterfly and 200-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 medals in the 200-metre freestyle and 100-metre butterfly 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 four times: 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2017. In 2018, Le Clos claimed three gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events at the Commonwealth Games. He also placed second in the 100m freestyle and third, along with teammates Cameron van der Burgh, Calvyn Justus and Brad Tandy, in the 4x100 medley relay.[2] With another win in the 200m butterfly, Le Clos made history by becoming the first man to win three consecutive 200m butterfly Commonwealth titles.[3]

Le Clos was named SwimSwam's 2014 Swammy Award-winner for Male Swimmer of the Year.[4] He currently represents Energy Standard in the International Swimming League.

Personal life[edit]

Le Clos's father is Mauritian, and moved to South Africa at the age of nine, where he met Le Clos's mother, who is of South African descent.[5][6] 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 eight, 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[edit]

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[edit]

At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, he finished fifth in the 200-metre butterfly, 13th in the 100-metre butterfly and 10th in the 4 × 100 m medley relay with his teammates.

2012 Olympics[edit]

2012 Summer Olympics
Gold medal – first place 200 m butterfly 1:52.96 (AF)
Silver medal – second place 100 m butterfly 51.44

On the first day of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London Le Clos finished fifth in the 400m individual medley. On the 4th day, Le Clos won the gold medal in the 200m 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. He later said that beating his hero was totally unexpected.[7][8] The next day Le Clos qualified for the final of the 200m individual medley by swimming the (tied) 7th time in the semi-finals, but he withdrew to focus on the 100m butterfly. On the 7th day of the competition, Le Clos won the silver medal in the 100m 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 in winning a gold medal.[9]

2013 Long Course World Championships[edit]

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.

2013 Swimming World Cup[edit]

At the 2013 Swimming World Cup stop in Eindhoven, Netherlands in August 2013, Le Clos broke the short course 200 metre butterfly world record of 1:49.11, set by Kaio de Almeida of Brazil in 2009, in the final 200 metre butterfly with a time of 1:49.04, which also earned him a World Cup record and the gold medal in the event.[10][11][12] Later in the World Cup circuit, Le Clos broke the 200 metre butterfly world record a second time, this time breaking his own world record and World Cup record with a time of 1:48.56 at the stop in Singapore, Singapore in November, making him the first swimmer to finish the event in less than 1:49.00.[12][13]

2014 Season and FINA Swimmer of Year Award[edit]

Le Clos had one of his best years ever in 2014, including winning 4 golds at a well attended World Short Course Swimming Championships, winning the 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, and 200 freestyle. His winning time of 48.44 seconds in the 100 metre butterfly at the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar in December, set a new world record and a new Championships record.[14][15][16] He was named the FINA Swimmer of the Year.

2015 Long Course World Championships[edit]

Le Clos finished 14th in the semifinals of the 50 meter butterfly, and 6th in the 200m freestyle. He finished second in the 200m butterfly, at 0.2 seconds behind László Cseh.[17] He successfully defended his 2013 title in the 100m butterfly by winning the gold medal in a personal best time of 50.56.[18] Le Clos and Michael Phelps, who was swimming at the US national championships at the same time and posted slightly faster times in the 100 and 200m butterfly events, exchanged comments about each other's times, which set up a rivalry for the 2016 Olympics.[19]

2016 Olympics[edit]

2016 Summer Olympics
Silver medal – second place 200 m freestyle 1:45.20 (AF)
Silver medal – second place 100 m butterfly 51.14

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.[20] The medal itself was quite a surprise for many, as Le Clos, primarily known as a butterfly specialist, had to overcome placement in one of the outside lanes and the presence of far more established freestylers in the field, such as the world record holder Paul Biedermann, reigning world champion James Guy, and the eventual bronze medalist Conor Dwyer.

Le Clos finished 4th in the 200 metre butterfly in which he was the defending champion,[21] in a race he called the worst of his career, as he was second behind Phelps for much of the race before fading in the closing meters.[22] The event was heavily hyped as a rematch between Le Clos and Michael Phelps, the 2004 and 2008 winner whom Le Clos had narrowly beaten in 2012. The relationship between Le Clos and Phelps had been cordial in 2012–2013 but it deteriorated in 2014 when Phelps came back from retirement.[23] In the ready room prior to the preliminary race, Le Clos' shadow boxing while Phelps "glowered in a corner" spawned the Internet meme with the hashtag #PhelpsFace. Le Clos' Wikipedia biography was even vandalized repeatedly.[24][1][2]

Le Clos won a second silver medal in the 100 metre butterfly, in a three-way tie with rivals Phelps and László Cseh, behind Joseph Schooling. He said in the aftermath of the event to have been very disappointed with his overall showing in Rio, but already having firm plans on continuing until the 2020 Games in Tokyo.[25][26] Despite not being satisfied with his Rio showing, he still became South Africa's most decorated Olympian ever with four medals – one gold, three silver.

Since the Rio Olympics, Le Clos has repeatedly demanded that his silver medal in 200-meter freestyle swimming be upgraded to gold because of Sun Yang's previous anti-doping violation.[27]

2016 Short Course World Championships[edit]

At the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, Canada in December, Le Clos broke his world and Championships records in the final of the 100 metre butterfly with a 48.08 to win the gold medal.[15][16][28] Le Clos also won gold medals in the 50 metre butterfly with a time of 21.98 seconds and the 200 metre butterfly in 1:48.76, a silver medal in the 200 metre freestyle in 1:41.65, placed sixth in the 4×50 metre freestyle relay final at 1:25.61, and came in 30th in the 100 metre freestyle with a time of 48.31 seconds.[29]

2017 Long Course World Championships[edit]

He took another major title in the 200 metre butterfly, beating rival and home country favorite László Cseh, at the 2017 World Aquatic Swimming Championships.

2018 Short Course World Championships[edit]

2018 World Championships
Gold medal – first place 100 m butterfly 48.50
Silver medal – second place 200 m butterfly 1:48.32 (AF)
Silver medal – second place 50 m butterfly 21.97
Bronze medal – third place 100 m freestyle 45.89

In the 100 metre butterfly at the 2018 World Short Course Championships in Hangzhou, China in December, Le Clos won the gold medal with a time of 48.50 seconds, finishing over two-tenths of a second ahead of silver medalist Caeleb Dressel of the United States and over seven-tenths of a second ahead of Li Zhuhao of China.[30][31] Le Clos set a new African record in the 200 metre butterfly with a time of 1:48.32, which earned him the silver medal in the event.[32] For the 50 metre butterfly, le Clos won the silver medal with a time of 21.97 seconds, finishing only behind the world record holder in the event Nicholas Santos of Brazil.[33]

Two Russians flanked Le Clos in the final of the 100 metre freestyle, with Vladimir Morozov winning the silver medal, Le Clos winning the bronze medal, and Vladislav Grinev placing fourth, all within three-tenths of a second of each other.[34] In the prelims heats of the 200 metre freestyle, Le Clos was 0.29 seconds off the 1:42.90 Blake Pieroni of the United States swum to achieve the eighth-fastest time and a spot in the final, instead ranking tenth with a 1:43.19 and not qualifying for the final.[35] In the final of the 4×50 metre freestyle relay, Le Clos split a 20.31 for the second leg of the relay to help achieve a time of 1:24.14 and a fifth-place finish.[36]

2019 Long Course World Championships[edit]

Le Clos entered to competed in the 100 metre freestyle, 100 metre butterfly, and 200 metre butterfly, and chose not to swim in the 100 metre freestyle at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. He won the bronze medal in the 100 metre butterfly, finishing after gold medalist Caeleb Dressel of the United States and silver medalist Andrei Minakov of Russia, and the bronze medal in the 200 metre butterfly, finishing behind gold medalist Kristóf Milák of Hungary and silver medalist Daiya Seto of Japan.[37]

2019 International Swimming League[edit]

In the Autumn of 2019 he was a member of the inaugural International Swimming League competing for the Energy Standard Swim Club of which he was co-captain (with Sarah Sjöström). The team won the overall title in Las Vegas, Nevada, in December.[38] Le Clos won the MVP title at the London stop on the inaugural tour amassing 44.5 points. He won the 100m / 200m Butterfly double three times over the season (Indianapolis, Naples and London), in Indianapolis he also won the 100m Freestyle. Over the season he had the fourth most points (190.5) of any swimmer behind Emma Mckeon, Caeleb Dressel, and overall MVP (and teammate) Sarah Sjöström.[39]

2020 Olympics[edit]

Le Clos tied for 18th place, with a time of 51.89 seconds, in the preliminary swims for the Men's 100m Butterfly race and did not qualify for the semi-finals or finals.[40][41] For the Men's 200m Butterfly race, Le Clos finished the final race at 5th rank with a timing of 1:54.93.[42]

2021 Short Course World Championships[edit]

2021 World Championships
Silver medal – second place 100 m butterfly 49.04
Bronze medal – third place 200 m butterfly 1:49.84

For the 2021 World Short Course Championships, held at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in December, Le Clos entered to compete in the individual events 100 metre freestyle, 200 metre freestyle, 50 metre butterfly, 100 metre butterfly, and 200 metre butterfly.[43] When travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic prevented two of his teammates, Matthew Sates and Tatjana Schoenmaker, from attending and competing at the Championships, Le Clos was not impacted in the same way as he had already left South Africa for the 2021 International Swimming League.[44]

On 16 December, day one of the championships, Le Clos ranked second in the prelims heats of the 200 metre butterfly with a 1:50.63, qualifying for the final later the same day.[45][46] In the final of the event later the same day, Le Clos won the bronze medal with a time of 1:49.84, finishing less than eight-tenths of a second after gold medalist Alberto Razzetti of Italy and silver medalist Noè Ponti of Switzerland.[47][48] For the 200 metre freestyle on day two, Le Clos decided not to swim the event.[49] In the same prelims session, Le Clos qualified for the semifinals of the 100 metre butterfly with a 50.47 and ranked 11th overall.[50] For the semifinals of the event, Le Clos qualified for the final ranked second, ahead of Youssef Ramadan of Egypt and behind Matteo Rivolta of Italy, with a 49.56.[51] In the final of the 100 metre butterfly, Le Clos finished second to win the silver medal with a time of 49.04 seconds, less than two-tenths of a second behind gold medalist Matteo Rivolta and less than two-tenths of a second ahead of bronze medalist Andrei Minakov of Russia.[52][53] Le Clos ranked 20th in the prelims heats of the 50 metre butterfly on day four with a time of 23.02 and did not qualify for the semifinals.[54] On the fifth day of competition, Le Clos placed 23rd in the prelims heats of the 100 metre freestyle and did not qualify for the semifinals.[55]

Results in major championships[edit]

Meet 100 free 200 free 50 fly 100 fly 200 fly 200 IM 400 IM 4×50 free 4×100 free 4×200 free 4×50 medley 4×100 medley
WC 2009 17th 16th
CG 2010 17th 1st place, gold medalist(s) 5th 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)[a] 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
SCW 2010 16th 1st place, gold medalist(s) 12th 5th
WC 2011 13th 5th 10th
OG 2012 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) F[b] 5th 7th 13th
SCW 2012 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s)
WC 2013 23rd 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 11th 11th
CG 2014 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
SCW 2014 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 4th 8th[a]
WC 2015 6th 14th 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
OG 2016 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 4th
SCW 2016 30th 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6th
WC 2017 12th 1st place, gold medalist(s) 15th
CG 2018 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7th 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6th 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
SCW 2018 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 10th 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 5th
WC 2019 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
OG 2020 18th 5th
SCW 2021 23rd DNS 20th 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
a Le Clos swam only in the heats
b Le Clos withdrew after qualifying for the final

Career best times[edit]

[56]

Long course (50-metre pool)[edit]

Event Time Venue Date Notes
100 m freestyle 48.15 Gold Coast 8 April 2018
200 m freestyle 1:45.20 Rio de Janeiro 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 1:57.94 Johannesburg 7 April 2014
400 m IM 4:12.24 London 28 July 2012

Short course (25-metre pool)[edit]

Event Time Venue Date Notes
50 m freestyle 21.05 Moscow 4 September 2016 [57]
100 m freestyle 45.78 Berlin 6 August 2017 [58]
200 m freestyle 1:41.45 Doha 3 December 2014
50 m butterfly 21.95 Doha 6 December 2014
100 m butterfly 48.08 Windsor 8 December 2016 Former WR
200 m butterfly 1:48.32 Hangzhou 11 December 2018 AF
200 m IM 1:51:56 Dubai 1 September 2014
400 m IM 3:59.23 Tokyo 9 November 2013

World records[edit]

Short course (25-metre pool)[edit]

No. Event Time Meet Location Date Status Notes Ref
1 200 m butterfly 1:49.04 2013 Swimming World Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands 7 August 2013 Former Former AF, NR [10][11][12]
2 200 m butterfly (2) 1:48.56 2013 Swimming World Cup Singapore, Singapore 5 November 2013 Former Former AF, NR [12][13]
3 100 m butterfly 48.44 2014 World Short Course Championships Doha, Qatar 4 December 2014 Former Former AF, NR [14][15][16]
4 100 m butterfly (2) 48.08 2016 World Short Course Championships Windsor, Canada 8 December 2016 Former AF, NR [15][16][28]

Legend: AFAfrican record; NRSouth African record

Awards and honours[edit]

See also[edit]

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Records
Preceded by Men's 100-metre butterfly
world record-holder (short course)

4 December 2014 – 21 November 2020
Succeeded by
Preceded by Men's 200-metre butterfly
world record-holder (short course)

7 August 2013 – 11 December 2018
Succeeded by
Sporting positions
Preceded by Male World Cup Overall Winner
2011
2013, 2014
Succeeded by
Awards
Preceded by African Swimmer of the Year
2012–2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by FINA Swimmer of the Year
2014
2018
Succeeded by
Mitch Larkin
Caeleb Dressel
Olympic Games
Preceded by Flagbearer for  South Africa
Tokyo 2020
with
Phumelela Mbande
Succeeded by
Incumbent