Chad Le Clos is upbeat and ready for the 2014 Commonwealth Games starting in July in Glasgow. The 2012 Olympic Games 200m gold medallist is adamant that he can rewrite his name in the history books with a different and more glittering pen as he has been in a five week long training camp in Europe from the 27th of May until the 5th of July. Having won almost everything on offer when it comes to swimming at the tender age of 22, the Durban-born swimmer is craving for more.
“I am going for four or five gold medals, if I can win six or seven medals I will be the first man in (Commonwealth Games) history to win seven medals,” says the ambitious Le Clos. A seven medals feat will make the Durbanite the best Commonwealth athlete of all time. “I think at 22 that would be a huge landmark for South Africa and Africa, because like I said no man has ever won more then five medals before,” said the optimistic 22-year old. By the time the Commonwealth Games comes around, Le Clos believes the hard work he has been putting in at training will be rewarded, “I have been putting a lot of work in at training and there has been a lot of sacrifice from the side of my family and my coaches side,” said the youngster who’s life revolves around swimming and considers it a “full-time job”.
It is also worth remembering that Chad Le Clos was named South African Sport Star of the Year in 2012 following his iconic Olympic display that same year. If history is anything to go by, South Africans must prepare for yet another gold medal at the very least. Le Clos has won numerous gold medals and recorded best times in the pool at various events since he burst onto the scene after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Winning gold in the Commonwealth Games will be great as he builds up to Rio 2016 where he hopes to have yet more poolside joy against the best in the world. Who could ever forget that moment in London when he outclassed the great Michael Phelps to win the Olympic gold medal?
The secret behind the gold-winning performances is no secret at all, “I am trying to keep it together and keep focused. I believe I am going to be ready at the start of the Commonwealth Games,” said the man who could become the country’s greatest-ever Commonwealth Games athlete in Glasgow.