Chad Le Clos Goes With 2016 Olympic Lineup In Budapest, No 50 Fly

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.

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Bobbi Vasquez
5 years ago

He has a lot of potential and he should do great at World Championships ???

jay
5 years ago

Schooling has a chance to medal in 50 and 200 fly too.

Swimmer?
Reply to  jay
5 years ago

200 fly?
With Kenderesi, Sakai, Le Clos, Conger, Pace Clark etc, I don’t see how it’s possible.

korn
5 years ago

I am interested in how he performs with a new coach and program. first time not training with Graham. did he just want to mix it up and try something new or did he not want to do the work anymore?

sven
Reply to  korn
5 years ago

He said he’d just been training with Graham his whole life, and that he just wanted a change. I don’t think it was performance based or that there were any negative feelings.

ThatSwimKid
5 years ago

I have to assume he is selfish by not participating in relays. A 48.1 Free and 50.4 Fly would be extremely helpful on either relay.

sven
Reply to  ThatSwimKid
5 years ago

It would help, but SA doesn’t have any realistic medal chances that I know of on the relays, Chad or no. On the other hand, while the relays would be faster, they might affect his ability to medal individually.. So thinking in terms of national pride (aka medal count), it’s better for the team if he does not participate in relays.

Uberfan
Reply to  ThatSwimKid
5 years ago

If they had a solid freestyler they actually have a good shot at a bronze but they don’t have one other than Le Clos and he needs to swim fly on the relay

crooked donald
5 years ago

Well, now Schooling has a shot to final in the 50 fly.

lilaswimmer
Reply to  crooked donald
5 years ago

schooling was the favorite all along, he is after all, the best butterflyer in the world right now.

crooked donald
Reply to  lilaswimmer
5 years ago

Not the number ranked current time in any event. I suppose you’re talking about the 100 LCM fly, which is one event in one course. He’s not competitive in the 200 fly, which is why he doesn’t even attempt it. He was beaten in the SCY 100 fly. LeClos from 50-200 is the current best flyer in all courses.

Brownish
Reply to  crooked donald
5 years ago

And Cseh.

Schoolingswimsbreastintokyo
Reply to  Brownish
5 years ago

Correct. LeClos and Cseh are the two beat flyers in the world. As someone said, Schooling is Cavic without a world’s best 50 fly.

Jay
Reply to  Schoolingswimsbreastintokyo
5 years ago

Schooling is an Olympic Champion for 100 fly but Cavic has no Olympic gold in his resume. so u cant say he is Cavic without 50 fly.

Ex quaker
Reply to  crooked donald
5 years ago

Just to give credit where it’s due, he did drop an unrested 1:56 at the Atlanta PSS.

Swimmer?
Reply to  lilaswimmer
5 years ago

Lilaswimmer is a troll.

ellie
Reply to  crooked donald
5 years ago

I have to inform you that Schooling made the 50fly final in Kazan while Chad didn’t.

Brownish
Reply to  ellie
5 years ago

Cseh won Gold, Silver, and Bronze there (200,100,50).

crooked donald
Reply to  ellie
5 years ago

Just add total best times of 50-100-200 LCM fly. Schooling is not competitive with Cseh or LeClos across all three distances. He has a Tom Shields 200 LCM fly.

jelly
Reply to  crooked donald
5 years ago

He made the final in 2015 in kazan

matt785217
5 years ago

Love to see him racing 200 free- but 3 rounds of the go hard then die strategy may take a toll on him for the rest of the meet

Schoolingswimsbreastintokyo
Reply to  matt785217
5 years ago

He won’t need to. There was no reason he had to do a 1:45 high in the first round at Rio. That cost him, as you said.

Taa
5 years ago

Is he still gonna shadow box before he races?

Sir Swimsalot
Reply to  Taa
5 years ago

I wonder if he still has his nightmares

Schoolingswimsbreastintokyo
Reply to  Taa
5 years ago

I think Haas could give a good Phelps face in response.

Swimmer?
5 years ago

I would highly respect Chad if he was humble, and not so arrogant.

crooked donald
Reply to  Swimmer?
5 years ago

Of if he said he had a virus and that’s why he lost. Or that he really hadn’t trained and that’s why he lost.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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