Athlete of Day 1

Chad Le Clos in 10 clicks

December 06th, 2016


Chad Le Clos is the most successful male swimmer ever in South Africa: before the Windsor 2016 rendezvous, he has 4 Olympic, 4 long, and 7 short course world medals!

Silver team

In an unprecedented Olympic final, Le Clos was among the three swimmers winning silver in the 100m butterfly in Rio 2016 (with US Michael Phelps and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh, all behind Singapore's Joseph Schooling)

The best

Chad Le Clos was the "FINA Best Male Swimmer of the Year" in 2014


Chad Le Clos holds two 25m-pool World Records: 48.44 in the 100m fly since December 2014, and 1:48.56 for the 200m fly from November 2013

The race of a life

London 2012 Olympics, 200m fly final: Le Clos beats his idol Michael Phelps, getting the gold in 1:52.96! The US great earned silver, being 0.05 slower

Defeating his idol

"Phelps is my hero and I love the guy. To beat him, I can't believe it. You don't understand what this means to me. This is the greatest moment of my life." - after beating Phelps in the 200m fly final at the London 2012 Olympics


Le Clos' last triumph at the FINA World Championships happened in Kazan 2015, when he won the 100m fly in 50.56

World Cup

Le Clos is also an enthusiast participant in the Swimming World Cup. He won the 2011, 2013 and 2014 editions.


Chad Le Clos was an 18-year-old swimmer when he shone at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, earning 5 medals (1 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze)