Durban’s Olympic medallist Chad le Clos set a fine example for aspirant Olympians when he took to the water at Lahee Park on Friday afternoon to resume training, just hours after returning home from Rio.
Junior swimmers eagerly shook his hands in congratulations and in awe as Le Clos took to the pool to swim a few laps.
Le Clos won two silver medals, in the 200m freestyle and the 100m butterfly races, in Rio to add to his gold and silver from the London Olympics - giving him the distinction of having won more Olympic medals than any other South African.
But there’s no time to rest as he needs to prepare for the Fina/airweave Swimming World Cup in Paris this week.
“It’s been a week now since my swim at Rio and I’ve had a bit of time to think about it and I am disappointed at not having won gold. It wasn’t what I wanted. I had worked hard and prepared myself to win two gold medals.