Chad le Clos raring to go at 2016 Rio Olympics


Durban-born, Chad le Clos, has become used to claiming medals at the Olympic Games and remains focused on still beating the best in the world, including now out-of-retirement, Michael Phelps.

The 2016 Rio Olympics will be staged in August, but le Clos is already anticipating the challenge he will be facing. He believes this could be South Africa’s best year in the Olympics, especially in the swimming category which poses much potential for success, but had emphasized to SABC News that the competition can never be underestimated.

“I am not just racing any average guys; I will be racing the best of all times. For me, I am ready to go. I am focused, I am disciplined, I feel like I am strong, except for the pain to my hands. But we are looking good as a team; I think that this year will be our best Olympics,” le Clos said.

In 2010, le Clos took home five medals at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Two years later at the 2012 London Olympics he won gold for the 200-metre butterfly, as well as silver in the 100-metre butterfly.