Olympic champion Chad Le Clos underwent two surgeries over the weekend and will be “out of action” for four to six weeks, he announced on Twitter Monday.
Both procedures were to “fix a couple of long term problems,” and both were successes, Le Clos said.
Hey guys quick update – had 2 surgeries this weekend to fix a couple of long term problems and both were a success. Recovering well but will be out of action for 4-6 weeks. Thanks for all the support 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/k2y5jEiyMp
— Chad Le Clos (@chadleclos) May 4, 2020
While we don’t know what the surgeries were for, Le Clos dealt with a groin hernia heading into the 2019 FINA World Championships, and it was reported at the time that it may require surgery after the meet.
“I’ve been pushing off the wall at 70 percent, 80 percent max in training,” Le Clos said of that injury, according to The Times of South Africa. “It’s only [sore] when I push off the wall, not actually when I kick.”
Le Clos was entered in four events at Worlds, adding the 100m free to his schedule in addition to the 50m, 100m and 200m fly events. He earned bronze medals in the latter two events but wound up not swimming the 100 free or 50 fly.
In March, just days before the Tokyo Organizing Committee confirmed that this year’s Olympic Games would be moving to 2021, Le Clos made a swift exit from the nation of Turkey – where he had been training with Energy Standard – as it went into lockdown. All athletes and coaches had roughly 36 hours to leave the country, knocking their 6-7 week training plan completely off course.