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Chad Le Clos

Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos

Professional South African Swimmer

Born 12-04-1992 in Durban South Africa

Chad Le Clos is a professional South African swimmer and 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist. He won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the Men's 200m Butterfly race and in December 2010 he won the Men's 200m butterfly final at the FINA Short Course Swimming World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2011, he won the overall Swimming World Cup title when he secured his 23rd gold medal on the final day of the series. Le Clos qualified to represent South Africa in the 2012 Olympics in London, where he won a gold medal swimming against Olympic champion Michael Phelps. In 2014 he won a gold medal on the Men's 100m butterfly at the Aquatic Super Series in Perth. At the 2016 Rio Olympics games he achieved two silver medals, one for Men's 200m freestyle and one for Men's 100m butterfly.

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Professional Swimmer | 2012 London Olympic Swimming Team | South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee
London, United Kingdom | 2012 - 2012

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Educational history


Westville Boys High , Durban (2010)



World's Best Swimmer | 2014

Chad Le Clos was crowned the world's best for 2014 by the International Swimming Federation (Fina).

The Order of Ikhamanga in Silver | 2013

For his excellent achievements on the international swimming stage, especially at the London Olympics in 2012, thus placing South Africa in high standing globally in the field of Aquatic sports

Most Promising Athlete of the Year: SA Aquatic Awards | 2011

Earned 10 silver and two bronze medals for a total medal haul of 35 throughout the Swimming World Cup series.

Competitive Accomplishments

Gold: Men's Butterfly 50m | 12th Fina World Swimming Championships | 2014

Gold: Men's Butterfly 100m | 12th Fina World Swimming Championships | 2014

Gold: Men's Butterfly 200m | 12th Fina World Swimming Championships | 2014

Bronze: Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle relay | Commonwealth Games | 2014

Silver: Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay | Commonwealth Games | 2014

Gold: Men's 200m Butterfly | Commonwealth Games | 2014

Bronze: Men's 50m Butterfly | Commonwealth Games | 2014

Gold Medal in the 200m butterfly for men | Fina World Cup Swimming | 2013

Gold Medal in the 200m butterfly for men | FINA World Championships | 2013

Gold Medal in the 100m Butterfly | Swimming World Cup

Silver Medal | London Olympic Games | 2012

Gold Medal for Men's 200m Butterfly Swim | FINA Short Course Swimming World Championships | 2010

Gold Medal for Men's 200m Butterfly Swim | Commonwealth Games | 2010

Five Gold Medals | Summer Youth Olympics | 2010

Gold Medal | Swimming World Cup | 2011

Gold Medal for Men's 200m Butterfly Swim | London Olympic Games | 2012

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