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Le Clos
South AfricaSouth Africa, RSA


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 April 1992
Cape Town, 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 Club: Belek, TUR
Name of coach
Andrea di Nino [personal], ITA, from 2017; James Gibson [club], GBR
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

Supporting English football team Manchester United, playing poker. (, 24 Jan 2017;, 19 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, US boxer Muhammad Ali. (, 15 Sep 2015)
He suffered a shoulder injury in 2013 that kept him out of the BHP Billiton Super Series. (, 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. (, 05 Nov 2013)
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 Africa Male Swimmer of the Year in's Swammy Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017. (, 22 Dec 2017; 20 Dec 2016)

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 the 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year in's Swammy Awards. (, 01 Jan 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 African Male Swimmer of the Year in 2014 by Swimming World Magazine. (, 01 Dec 2014)

He was named the International Swimming Federation 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year. (, 01 Dec 2014)
To win multiple gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 21 Feb 2017;, 29 Sep 2016)
Other information
In December 2018 he launched the 'Le Clos Foundation' aimed at supporting and developing swimming in South Africa. On 20 April 2018 he opened the Chad le Clos Academy in Cape Town, 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. This has been a dream of mine for some time, and today marks the start of what I hope will be a long and productive journey.'' (, 07 Dec 2018;, 20 Apr 2018)

He became the most successful swimmer at the Commonwealth Games when he claimed his 17th medal, a bronze in the 4x100m relay, at the 2018 Games in the Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. He previously won medals at the Games in both 2014 and 2010. (, 11 Apr 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2018)

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)

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