Chad le Clos

Olympic gold medalist and world record holder


Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos was born 12 April 1992. He is an Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion as well as the Commonwealth record holder in the 50 and 100 meter butterfly. He won gold in the 200 meter butterfly and silver in the 100 meter butterfly in the 2012 Olympics in London. He also won five medals at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore.

He attended Westville Boys' High School in Durban matriculating in 2010. He has been swimming from a very young age, and when he started competing at the age of 10 he already had a few years of training under his belt.

Le Clos won the Daily News SPAR Sports Person of the Year in 2010 in which the top school sportsmen are nominated.


Chad le Clos with coach Garah Hill at Westville High School Aquatic centre


2010 Short Course World Championships & Commonwealth Games

At the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Le Clos collected 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. He won the title in the 200 meter butterfly and the 400 meter 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 meter butterfly. He narrowly beat Brazilian Kaio de Almeida, the world record holder, by 0.05 of a second, and Hungarian László Cseh, the Olympic silver medalist, by 0.11 of a second.

2011 Long Course World Championships

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

2012 Olympics

On the first day of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London Le Clos finished fifth in the 400 meter individual medley. On the fourth day, Le Clos won the gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly in 1min 52.96 sec, edging out the 2004 and 2008 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, and that beating his hero was totally unexpected. The next day Le Clos qualified for the final of the 200 meter individual medley by swimming the (tied) seventh time in the semifinals, but he withdrew to focus on the 100 meter butterfly. On the seventh day of the competition Le Clos won the silver medal in the 100 meter butterfly, tied with Yevgeny Korotyshkin in a time of 51.44 sec, at 0.23 sec behind Phelps.

2014 Commonwealth Games

South African swimming sensation Chad le Clos closed off his campaign at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with a record seven medals in the swimming pool.

Le Clos equalled Australian legend Ian Thorpe’s record of seven medals in the Games, claiming the bronze medal in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 4x100m medley relay.

The 22-year-old has now won 12 medals stretching over two Games which include the five medals from Delhi four years ago.

2015 World Championships - Kazan

 Chad le Clos defended his title in the 100 butterfly, rallying late to edge Laszlo Cseh in the absence of Olympic champion Michael Phelps at the FINA World Championships.

The South African was second at the turn and then poured it on down the stretch, touching in 50.56 seconds. Cseh was second in 50.87.


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