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Chad
Le Clos
South AfricaSouth Africa, RSA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 April 1992
Height
190 cm
Weight
83 kg
Residence
Cape Town, RSA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

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 Club: Belek, TUR
Name of coach
James Gibson [club], GBR; Andrea di Nino [personal], ITA, from 2017; Bobby Hurley [personal], AUS, from 2017
Training Regime
He trains from 09:00 to 11:30 in the mornings, and then from 16:30 to 18:30 in the evenings. He also goes to the gym three times a week.

General Interest

Hobbies
Supporting English football team Manchester United, playing poker. (chadleclos.com, 24 Jan 2017; sport24.co.za, 19 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, US boxer Muhammad Ali. (timeslive.co.za, 15 Sep 2015)
Injuries
He suffered a shoulder injury in 2013 that kept him out of the BHP Billiton Super Series. (swimswam.com, 23 Feb 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always carries a lucky charm from his brother in his hand before competing. He then puts it in his shoe before swimming. (straitstimes.com, 05 Nov 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you lose, get over it." (fina.org, 27 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the Best Male Athlete at the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, ON, Canada. (enca.com, 12 Dec 2016)

He was named the 2015 and 2016 Africa Male Swimmer of the Year in Swimswam.com's Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 20 Dec 2016)

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

He was named the 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year in Swimswam.com's Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 01 Jan 2015)

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

He was named African Male Swimmer of the Year in 2014 by Swimming World Magazine. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Dec 2014)

He was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year. (swimswam.com, 01 Dec 2014)

He was named the 2012 South African Sportsman of the Year. (thesouthafrican.com, 10 Apr 2013)
Ambitions
To win multiple gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (swimswam.com, 21 Feb 2017; fina.org, 29 Sep 2016)
Other information
RIO REDEMPTION
He overcame the disappointment of missing out on a medal in the 200m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro by claiming gold in the event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. "Losing last year [2016] was the lowest moment of my career. I try to pretend like it wasn't, but I was in a very bad place last year. I tried to be strong, and I tried to lie to the media and say, 'Ah, I'm good, I'm good,' but I was down and out. I said I would come back and try to respond, and I did so. Unbelievable feeling, unbelievable emotion. I tried not to be emotional, but it's hard on such a big occasion.” The victory was made more emotional with his parents Bert and Geraldine being in attendance, who had both received treatment for cancer in the year between the two competitions. "It was an emotional race, before, during and after it, family's health is more important than gold medals." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 27 Jul 2017; newstatesman.com, 27 Jul 2017)

CLC ACADEMY
In November 2016 he announced he would be setting up the Chad le Clos [CLC] Academy at Hoerskool Jan van Riebeeck in Cape Town, South Africa. "It's about promoting swimming. I want to leave a legacy. In South Africa we are losing a lot of swimmers, young swimmers in the system. We are just missing them because they don't have that right structure coming through. I feel like it's my duty to the nation to do that and I'm very proud to have this opportunity." (chadleclos.com, 16 Nov 2016; enca.com, 16 Nov 2016)

NATIONAL FIRST
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. It took his tally to four following a gold and silver at the 2012 Games in London and an earlier silver in Rio de Janeiro. (ONS, 12 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 12 Aug 2016)

INTERNATIONAL FIRST
In 2017 he became the first male swimmer to win the overall World Cup title on four occasions. (straitstimes.com, 19 Nov 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In November 2014 he launched his own brand of surf equipment called 'C le C'. The same year he released an autobiography titled 'Unbelievable!'. (swimvortex.com, 03 Nov 2014; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 05 May 2014)