South Africa’s Chad le Clos Smashes His Own World Record


South African swimmer Chad le Clos presented a super-cool performance and smashed his own world record in the men’s 100m butterfly final at the FINA short course world swimming championships in Windsor, Ontario.

With a loose start, Le Clos shoot up to the lead and presented brilliant turns before he finished the race in a record 48.08 seconds.

The record smashed his previous short course mark of 48.44 which he set at the 2014 world championships in Doha.

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Le Clos’ smile when his time was indicated on the screen showed that the 24-year-old swimmer is happy and satisfied with his performance.

While American Tom Shields bagged the silver with a 49.04 seconds record, Australia’s David Morgan walked away with the bronze for his 49.31 seconds record.

Le Clos later dedicated the new record to his mother on social media.

If you aren’t aware, Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos was born on April 12, 1992.

As a competitive swimmer, he’s a Commonwealth record holder in the 50 and 100-metre butterfly.

He’s made his mark as a swimmer as he’s an Olympic, world and Commonwealth Games champion.

It’s on record that he won gold in the 200-metre butterfly and silver in the 100-metre butterfly in the 2012 Olympics in London.

Aside that, he bagged silver medal in the 200-metre freestyle and 100-metre butterfly in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

That’s not all, he won five medals at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore. And, has won the Overall Swimming World Cup three times.

He won it first in 2011, did it again in 2013 and repeated it in 2014.

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Undoubtedly, he’s earned South Africa global respect in the field of Aquatic sports. Thus, it’s not surprising that he was conferred the silver Order of Ikhamanga on 27 April 2013.

Order of Ikhamanga as a South African honour instituted on 30 November 2003 is granted by the President of South Africa for achievements in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sports.