Road to Rio

Chad le Clos
Swimming South Africa

Chad le Clos

200m butterfly Olympic champion and 100m butterfly silver medallist at London 2012 Four-time world champion, twice in 100m butterfly and twice in 200m butterfly
Full name: Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos Date and place of birth: 12 April 1992 –Durban, South Africa
Height: 1.88m Weight: 84kg

Trivia

His favourite sport as a kid was football “I know it sounds funny but the shape of my feet meant I couldn´t compete at a high level, so I tried swimming…” Outside of the pool He likes to surf, play video games and chill with friends
Favourite food Pasta and steak Favourite films Comedies, in particular The Hangover
There is another le Clos in the pool… “My brother (Jordan le Clos) is only 15 but he is already making a big impact on swimming.” Best thing about the Olympic Village “Mixing with all the other athletes and of course the food court!”
A special place in Rio de Janeiro Copacabana beach – “It was amazing! I really enjoyed it and got to see the awesome beach volleyball.” Funniest situation during competition “I dived into the pool when I was younger and forgot to tie my shorts, I'm sure you can imagine what happened…”

On how it felt to beat Michael Phelps at London 2012

Idols

“Words cannot describe how I felt on that day. It was a perfect day. Personally I think it will be great for the sport if he does compete (at Rio 2016).” Nelson Mandela
Muhammad Ali
Michael Phelps
Chad le Clos
I think it's going to have a very beachy feel to it. In a way Brazil is similar to my hometown (Durban) - the weather is very warm and it´s a beautiful country. I think there will be a great carnival vibe too.
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