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Durban – Taking time out to spend with family – and a certain someone special – gold-medal winning swimming champion Chad le Clos has come home to rest – at least for the moment.
Le Clos, who returned earlier this week from the Fina World Championships in Barcelona, where he scooped two world titles and a world short-course record, is back home in Pinetown from his success in the pool, and a little overwhelmed by the spotlight and weary from the travelling.
Le Clos claimed the spotlight at last year’s London Olympics when he beat American Michael Phelps in the men’s 200m butterfly at the beginning of August.
And, when he returns to the compete in the pool in October at the Fina World Swimming World Cup in Moscow, he hopes to resume his winning streak.
“It’s been an exciting three weeks for me, especially after the Olympics last year, but at the same it has been a bit difficult trying to find that balance, all the travelling can be tiring, but overall it’s good,” said Le Clos, at his home yesterday.
Le Clos won the 100 and 200m butterfly categories at the world championships and became the first South African swimmer to win two events in the same discipline.
He also set a world record in the men’s 200m butterfly short course at the Swimming World Cup challenge in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, when he stopped the clock at 1:49:04, seven tenths of a second faster than the previous world record.
For at least a week though, Le Clos is happy to be at home, although he has been inundated with requests for media interviews.
“I’m taking a short break, but then we are looking towards the swimming World Cup in Moscow, so we will increase training to prepare for that,” he said.
And, sadly for the ladies, Le Clos said he was “seeing someone”.
“It is difficult to have a relationship with travelling so much, but yes I am seeing someone,” he said rather shyly.
While he has received offers to train overseas, Le Clos is strictly South African he maintained. “I did get offers before and I have been getting offers, but I always said that I want to be a home-grown champion, and why change something that’s working for me.”
Le Clos, since his arrival back in the country on Tuesday, has been flying between Durban and Joburg for several media interviews. He had just landed in Durban when The Independent on Saturday had a quick interview with him.
Meanwhile, at the Le Clos home, major home renovations were under way, with his father Bert managing the work, while facilitating media interviews on behalf of his son.
Independent on Saturday