South African Chad Le Clos will compete in the same three individual events at the upcoming World Championships as he did at the 2016 Olympic Games: the 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 free. Provisional entries have been released on the FINA app.
The most surprising race left off Le Clos’ schedule is the 50 fly, an event in which he’s a two-time short course World Champion. He did compete in the event two years ago at the 2015 Championships in Kazan, failing to make the final in 14th place.
The 100 free is another event we could’ve seen him in. Shortly after those 2015 Championships Le Clos was a 48.16 at the Moscow World Cup, a time that would’ve finished 4th in Kazan. He then showed incredible front-end speed in the 200 free at the Olympics, indicating he’d be capable of getting under 48 seconds if he gave the event a go. But alas, the semi-finals of the 100 free will take place just minutes prior to the 200 fly final, an event the 2012 Olympic gold medalist will be focusing on after having lost both his World and Olympic titles in 2015 and 2016.
Le Clos also competed in the 200 and 400 IM at the London Games, but has gravitated away from those events over the years, despite qualifying for the final in both (he scratched the 200 final to focus on the 100 fly). He could also potentially be apart of four relays, with South Africa fielding a team in both the men’s and mixed 4×100 free and 4×100 medley. However, he didn’t swim either of the South African relays in Rio and was on 1 of a possible 6 at the SC World Championships in December.