Chad le Clos has his Eye on the Fly this season

Back on Monday, Chad le Clos started a long week at South African Nationals with his first swim in the 50 Fly. He didn’t hit the FINA A time, but according to this interview with Karien Jonckheere he still plans on swimming that event. After the situation with a burst pipe was fixed, le Clos easily won and qualified for the two other butterfly events on the schedule.

On Friday morning, the Olympic superstar and champion swam in his best event, the event in which he knocked off Michael Phelps in London, he swam a 1:56.35 to cruise to victory and a FINA Automatic Qualifying Time. That pushes him to the third-fastest time in the world in 2013, and the fastest from outside of the Asian continent.

On Saturday, Le Clos put together the top swim of the night session, dominating the field in the 100 fly to qualify in his third individual event.  He touched in 51.79, which is number one in the world this year, and the only person to break 52.

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Bobo “Why are you not focusing on your main events?” Gigi will be very pleased.


Thank God for this talented kiddo. Phelps and Cavic have retired so fly events need someone like Le Clos.

What about Tyler McGill? Tom Shields? Stephanovic


They’re all pretty good but honestly, way below Le Clos’ potential.

jean Michel

that’s is still to be proven in big meets ….. that’s why any prediction are far from reality . In 2 months for the US trials , many surprises may come .


You’re crazy if you think Velimir Stjepanović’s potential is way below le clos’. Velimir Stjepanović is only 18


not the fastest time anymore- the russian guy (i don’t want to spell that) was 51.5



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