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Le Clos
South AfricaSouth Africa, RSA


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 April 1992
Partner Jeanni Mulder
Durban, RSA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
At age eight he joined Seagulls Swimming Club in Durban, South Africa. He began competing at age 10.
Why this sport?
His potential was recognised by primary school teacher Lindsay Manthey.
Club / Team
Energy Standard Swimming Club: Turkey
Name of coach
James Gibson [club], GBR

General Interest

Supporting English football club Manchester United, playing poker. (, 24 Jan 2017;, 19 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, US boxer Muhammad Ali. (, 15 Sep 2015)
In May 2020 he had surgery to remove a cyst on his foot, and stomach surgery to treat long-term abdominal pain. The surgeries kept him out of training for seven weeks. (, 03 Nov 2020)

He was troubled by a groin injury ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (, 15 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you lose, get over it." (, 27 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2018 Best Male Swimmer of the Year at the International Swimming Federation's [FINA] World Aquatics Gala in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. (, 16 Dec 2018)

He was named the 2018 South African Sportsman of the Year at the annual South Africa Sports Awards. He also won the award in 2014. (, 19 Nov 2018)

He was named the Best Male Athlete at the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, ON, Canada. (, 12 Dec 2016)

In February 2015 he received the South African Ubuntu Sport Diplomacy Award. (, 15 Feb 2015)

He was named Male Swimmer of the Meet at the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar. (, 07 Dec 2014)

He was named the 2014 FINA Male Swimmer of the Year. (, 01 Dec 2014)
He became the first athlete representing South Africa in any sport to win more than three medals at the Olympic Games when he claimed silver in the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, which was his fourth Olympic medal. (ONS, 12 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 12 Aug 2016)

He won five medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, taking his overall Commonwealth Games medal tally to 17, the most by any swimmer at the Commonwealth Games. (, 11 Apr 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2018)
To win multiple gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 09 Mar 2019)
Other information
In April 2018 he opened the Chad Le Clos Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. In December 2018 he launched the Le Clos Foundation, aimed at supporting and developing swimming in South Africa. ''I really want to see the growth of swimming as a sport, both in South Africa and ultimately across the world, by helping existing swimmers improve and encouraging beginners to learn our sport and develop life skills.'' (, 07 Dec 2018;, 20 Apr 2018)