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Chad LE CLOS
Sport Swimming
NOC South Africa   
GenderMen
Born12 Apr 1992 in Durban, SAF
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Jeanni Mulder
Residence
Durban, 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?
"I played football from a really young age and my family is very much into football. I was the first swimmer in a big family and when I first came home and told my aunts and uncles I was going to start swimming they were really surprised. I made the decision to concentrate on swimming in high school when I was about 13 or 14. I started really focusing and I stopped playing football around that age. I would still kick a ball about in the garden with my brother but I always hoped from a very young age that it would be swimming which would take me to where I am now."
Club / Team
Energy Standard Swim Club: Turkey
Name of coach
James Gibson [club], GBR
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, US boxer Muhammad Ali. (timeslive.co.za, 15 Sep 2015)
Injuries
In October 2021 a shoulder injury prevented him from competing at that month's World Cup event in Budapest, Hungary. The following month he missed the International Swimming League [ISL] semifinal in Eindhoven, Netherlands, with a knee injury. (fina.org, 09 Oct 2021; Instagram profile, 12 Nov 2021)

In May 2020 he had surgery to remove a cyst on his foot, and stomach surgery to treat long-term abdominal pain. He was kept from training for seven weeks. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 03 Nov 2020)

He was troubled by a groin injury ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 15 Jul 2019)

In early 2014 an Achilles tendon injury kept him out of action for two weeks. (aspetar.com, 15 Aug 2014)

In late 2012 he suffered a rotator cuff injury in his shoulder and missed six weeks. (aspetar.com, 15 Aug 2014)

In 2009 he tore adductor muscles in both hips. (aspetar.com, 15 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I've always said there's only one person you have to fear, and that's the person that never gives up - and that's me. I don't quit, I'm not intimidated. I train really hard, I leave nothing out there. I'd love to train with my competitors, see if they could hang with me." (thetimes.co.uk, 10 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for South Africa for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 19 Nov 2021)

He was named 2018 African Swimmer of the Year by SwimSwam magazine. (swimswam.com, 28 Jul 2019)

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. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 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. (swimswam.com, 19 Nov 2018)

He was named the Best Male Athlete at the 2016 World Short Course Championships in Windsor, ON, Canada. (enca.com, 12 Dec 2016)

In February 2015 he received the South African Ubuntu Sport Diplomacy Award. (swimswam.com, 15 Feb 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 the 2014 FINA Male Swimmer of the Year. (swimswam.com, 01 Dec 2014)
Milestones
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, which was his fourth Olympic medal. (ONS, 12 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 12 Aug 2016)

He won five medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, taking his overall Commonwealth Games medal tally to 17, the most by any swimmer at the Commonwealth Games. (chadleclos.com, 11 Apr 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2018)
Famous relatives
His partner Jeanni Mulder placed in the top five of the 2021 Miss South Africa beauty pageant. (misssa.co.za, 16 Oct 2021; Instagram profile, 17 Oct 2021)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (news24.com, 29 Jul 2021)
Other information
MENTAL HEALTH
He has spoken about experiencing depression during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I only started to speak to someone after the Olympics biggest mistake of my life and I started getting myself right again. I was in a dark place, even after the Olympics. I was super depressed. There were times where I was sitting in my room just crying by myself. I didn't know why I was like that. It genuinely wasn't about the Olympics. It was about my future and about me. It felt like I had fallen such a long way from where I was in terms of who I was as a person. It really wasn't about swimming. I did some deep therapy last year [2021]. I'm okay to talk about it now because I'm actually good. I'm 100% good now compared to last year." (ghanamma.com, 04 May 2022; swimswam.com, 05 May 2022)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA]. In April 2018 he opened the Chad Le Clos Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. In December 2018 he launched the Chad Le Clos Foundation, aimed at supporting and developing swimming in 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.'' (bbc.co.uk, 29 Jun 2021; swimswam.com, 07 Dec 2018; chadleclos.com, 20 Apr 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:54.93
18 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 51.89
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 1:54.06
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 51.14
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:45.20
9 2012 London, ENG 200m Individual Medley 1:58.49
2 2012 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 51.44 
1 2012 London, ENG 200m Butterfly 1:52.96 
5 2012 London, ENG 400m Individual Medley 4:12.42 
7 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:09.65
Heats 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly DNS
33 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 23.86
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly  DNS
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Butterfly 1:54.15
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 51.16
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle  DNS
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 1:53.33
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 51.48
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 1:53.68
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Butterfly 23.49
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:46.53
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 50.56
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Butterfly 1:54.32
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly 51.06
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 23.76
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:17.91
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:36.22
5 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:55.07
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Butterfly 52.44
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
16 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Individual Medley 4:17.39 
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Butterfly 1:56.90
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:49.84
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Butterfly 23.02
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Butterfly 49.04
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Freestyle 47.83
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Butterfly 48.50
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Butterfly 21.97
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:48.32
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:43.19
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Freestyle 45.89
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:24.14
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly 21.98 
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Butterfly 1:48.76
2 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Freestyle 1:41.65
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Butterfly 48.08
30 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 48.31 
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:25.61
1 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:41.45
1 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 1:48.61
1 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 48.44
1 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 21.95
4 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 6:52.13
8 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Butterfly  DNS
1 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly 48.82
2 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 22.26
5 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:03.74
1 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:51.56
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle  
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:56.00
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:44.65
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
34 2021   Overall Ranking  
2 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 49.03
1 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 1:50.32
3 2021 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 22.48
3 2021 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.71
1 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 51.70
1 2019 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 1:57.66
4 2019 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:48.76
9 2018   Overall Ranking  
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 49.22
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 1:50.29
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 22.11
2 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:42.78
5 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 23.80
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 49.56
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 1:51.09
2 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 22.09
2 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:42.20
2 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 52.00
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 1:56.58
2 2018 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:48.10
1 2017   Overall  
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 22.22
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:41.81
1 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 49.18
5 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 21.39
2 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 45.78
1 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 22.32
1 2017 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 1:49.08
3 2017 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:41.67
1 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 1:49.59
1 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 22.45
1 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 50.17
2 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Backstroke 1:51.02
1 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:44.40
2 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 21.50
4 2017 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:36.78
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 45.96
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 1:48.67
1 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 49.09
5 2017 Eindhoven, NED 50m Freestyle 21.44
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Freestyle 46.10
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:50.28
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Butterfly 22.52
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Butterfly 50.28
1 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:42.88
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Freestyle 21.48
5 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.66
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 49.13
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:42.54
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 22.31
2 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 46.00
1 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 49.49
1 2017 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 1:49.25
5 2017 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 21.56
2 2017 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 46.09
1 2017 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:50.71
2 2017 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:43.56
1 2017 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 22.49
2 2016   Overall  
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:49.82
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 22.14
1 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 49.35
1 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 1:49.33
1 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 22.15
1 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 48.66
2 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 21.12
2 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 46.00
2 2016 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 1:49.93
1 2016 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 22.36
1 2016 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:42.84
1 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 50.23
3 2016 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 21.34
1 2016 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:49.71
1 2016 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 22.08
1 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 49.14
2 2016 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 21.17
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:43.70
3 2016 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.79
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:49.95
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Butterfly 22.31
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Butterfly 49.52
3 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Freestyle 21.45
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 49.01
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 1:49.10
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 22.06
2 2016 Moscow, RUS 50m Freestyle 21.05
1 2016 Paris, FRA 200m Butterfly 1:51.25
1 2016 Paris, FRA 50m Butterfly 22.17
2 2016 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 1:50.29
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 22.33
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 49.26
2 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 21.24
2 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:50.35
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 22.30
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 49.45
1 2014   Overall  
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 46.81
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:49.73
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 22.03
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 21.28
1 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 48.70
1 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 46.29
1 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 22.17
1 2014 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 46.24
1 2014 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 22.02
1 2014 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 48.59
1 2014 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:51.56
1 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Freestyle 46.35
1 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Butterfly 22.35
1 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Butterfly 48.56
1 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Freestyle 21.17
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 100m Freestyle 46.60
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 1:49.73
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 22.08
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 48.99
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 1:52.72
1 2014 Moscow, RUS 50m Freestyle 21.33
1 2014 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 1:48.88
1 2014 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 21.98
1 2014 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 48.74
1 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:49.20
1 2014 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 22.20
1 2014 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 48.95
1 2013   Overall  
2 2013 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 46.60
1 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:51.70
3 2013 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 52.14
1 2013 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 49.41
1 2013 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:52.60
1 2013 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 1:49.90
3 2013 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 22.53
2 2013 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 49.48
2 2013 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 1:52.11
2 2013 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 22.41
2 2013 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 49.05
1 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 1:53.32
1 2013 Doha, QAT 400m Individual Medley 4:03.23
1 2013 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 1:50.39
2 2013 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 22.28
1 2013 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 49.14
1 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:53.21
1 2013 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:49.07
1 2013 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 1:49.04 WR
3 2013 Eindhoven, NED 50m Butterfly 22.62
1 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Butterfly 49.08
1 2013 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 1:49.83
2 2013 Moscow, RUS 50m Butterfly 22.55
1 2013 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 49.34
1 2013 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 1:53.04
1 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 1:48.56
1 2013 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 22.24
1 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:42.29
1 2013 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 50.04
1 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 1:53.36
1 2013 Tokyo, JPN 400m Individual Medley 3:59.23
1 2013 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 22.26
2 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 1:52.31
1 2013 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 49.01
1 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:50.33
7 2012   Overall  
2 2012 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 1:51.31
3 2012 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 22.90
1 2012 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 49.60
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:51.61
2 2012 Dubai, UAE 50m Butterfly 22.86
1 2012 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 49.82
1 2011   Overall  
1 2011 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:51.74
1 2011 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:07.35
2 2011 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 47.39
1 2011 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 52.89
1 2011 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:55.04
1 2011 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 50.93
1 2011 Beijing, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:43.62
1 2011 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 1:50.15
2 2011 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:43.64
3 2011 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 50.97
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 400m Individual Medley 4:04.58
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:52.55
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 100m Individual Medley 53.48
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:55.14
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 50.66
1 2011 Dubai, UAE 200m Backstroke 1:55.95
2 2011 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 1:51.95
1 2011 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 1:55.26
1 2011 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:43.80
1 2011 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 1:54.06
1 2011 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:04.16
1 2011 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 50.63
1 2011 Singapore, SGP 200m Butterfly 1:51.05
1 2011 Singapore, SGP 100m Individual Medley 53.06
2 2011 Stockholm, SWE 200m Freestyle 1:43.80
1 2011 Stockholm, SWE 200m Backstroke 1:54.33
2 2011 Stockholm, SWE 200m Butterfly 1:51.88
1 2011 Stockholm, SWE 400m Individual Medley 4:03.10
2 2011 Stockholm, SWE 200m Individual Medley 1:54.93
2 2011 Stockholm, SWE 100m Butterfly 51.15
2 2011 Tokyo, JPN 100m Individual Medley 53.33
2 2011 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 1:51.00
3 2011 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 47.48
2 2011 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 1:54.72
1 2011 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:43.79
1 2009 Berlin, GER 400m Individual Medley 4:02.18
3 2009 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 1:54.28
1 2009 Durban, RSA 400m Individual Medley 4:05.04
1 2009 Durban, RSA 200m Butterfly 1:54.45
3 2009 Durban, RSA 100m Butterfly 51.45
3 2009 Durban, RSA 200m Individual Medley 1:57.03
2 2009 Moscow, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:06.41
2 2009 Moscow, RUS 200m Butterfly 1:55.32
2 2009 Stockholm, SWE 400m Individual Medley 4:04.19
African Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Bloemfontein, RSA 100m Butterfly 52.69
3 2008 Johannesburg, RSA 50m Breaststroke 30.55
3 2008 Johannesburg, RSA 200m Breaststroke 2:24.20
2 2008 Johannesburg, RSA 200m Individual Medley 2:06.76
5 2008 Johannesburg, RSA 50m Freestyle 24.31