South Africa’s top swimmer Chad le Clos will attempt 5 individual races at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, according to his coach Graham Hill.
Le Clos is scheduled to race in the 50, 100, and 200 meter butterflies, along with the 200 IM and 200 freestyle, which runs from August 2nd through the 9th.
That five-event schedule will be a bigger individual run than Le Clos has ever raced at a season-championship long course meet, and a significant addition to his schedule from what we saw at the 2013 Barcelona World Championships, the most recent in long course:
- 2010 Commonwealth Games – 100/200 fly, 200/400 IM
- 2011 World Championships – 100/200 fly
- 2012 Olympic Games – 100/200 fly, 200/400 IM
- 2013 World Championships – 50/100/200 fly
- 2014 Commonwealth Games – 50/100/200 fly, 200 IM
South Africa has not publicly announced their final relay selections, meaning that Le Clos could see up to 8 events.
That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll complete all of the rounds, however. Last year’s Commonwealth Games is the only of the above five meets in which Le Clos saw all of his events through to the finals, either by choice or qualification. At the 2012 Olympic Games, for example, he withdrew after qualifying 7th for the 200 IM final; at the 2013 World Championships, he didn’t manage to even escape prelims in the 50 fly.
With his sights set on a rematch with Michael Phelps in 2016 (no Phelps in Kazan), Le Clos will have to narrow his view on the 2015 contenders if he hopes to defend his titles in the 100 and 200 fly events. Le Clos ranks 2nd in the world this year in the 200 fly, but only 10th in the 100.
He ended the 2014 calendar year ranked 2nd in the world in both races.