Chad Le Clos Reportedly Dropping Medley Relay To Focus On 100 Fly


South African Chad Le Clos has apparently pulled out of the men’s 400 medley relay to focus on the men’s 100m butterfly final. The medley relay prelims are scheduled for tomorrow morning, while the 100 fly final is tomorrow night.

This decision comes after Le Clos put everything into the 200 free final, swimming incredibly an risky race going out in 23.39 on the opening 50, and subsequently not having enough gas to even win a medal in his best event, the 200 fly the following night. Le Clos still won silver in the 200 free, but the 200 fly was the one he really wanted.

Le Clos was the 2015 World Champion in the 100 fly, but rival Michael Phelps posted a time later that same day at the U.S. National Championships that was faster. After coming up short in the 200, Le Clos doesn’t want to risk anything before this one.

The subtraction of Le Clos from the South African medley relay likely dumps any chances they had of making the final down the tubes. They had three solid legs in Christopher ReidCameron van der Burgh and Le Clos lined up which was going to give them a legitimate shot at a finals berth if their freestyler, either Douglas Erasmus or Brad Tandy, could put together a solid anchor.

Now they are definite long shots to final, with former Michigan Wolverine Dylan Bosch likely getting the call to swim fly in the prelims in Le Clos’ place. Bosch qualified to swim the 800 free relay, where the South Africans failed to final with Le Clos sitting out.


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4 years ago

This seals it! Chad le Choke is the anti-Phelps!

Reply to  Danjohnrob
4 years ago

To be fair (as much as I hate to in this case), not sure Phelps would be begging to be for the extra swims on relays that weren’t in contention for a medal.

Reply to  swimdoc
4 years ago

In Athens – Phelps swam the prelims of the relay and didn’t leave his teammates hanging- and then he went on to win gold… And then to top it of he passed on the medley final so Crocker could another shot at a gold medal. And unlike chad prior to all this he also swam the 400IM and 200IM…. So yeah Chad le Choke is not the athlete he imagines himself to be.

Reply to  Lisa
4 years ago

Woooooo go Lisa!

4 years ago

Not a team player, huh?

4 years ago

Legs are shot after those three 200 frees, all going out in 23+.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

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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