Chad Le Clos Using World Cup Series As Momentum Springboard

2023 World Aquatics World Cup Series:

  • October 6-8: Berlin, Germany
  • October 13-15: Athens, Greece
  • October 20-22: Budapest, Hungary

Next month brings the 2023 World Aquatics World Cup, with this year’s series consisting of stops in Berlin, Athens and Budapest.

We reported that big guns Kristof Milak of Hungary and Adam Peaty are set to make their racing returns during the event but South Africa’s Chad Le Clos is also looking forward to making his post-sickness debut.

After racing at this year’s South African National Championships in April, 31-year-old Le Clos wound up pulling out of this year’s World Championships due to illness.

“My year started off great. I was in great shape until after the nationals in April/May and then I got really sick for 6 weeks and have been struggling a little since. So these world cups are important for me to get the momentum back for next year February and of course July.”

Le Clos has been prolific on the World Cup circuit throughout his career, amassing a total of 151 golds and 22 total medals, the most ever recorded by a male athlete.

Last year, Le Clos collected 9 medals, consisting of 5 gold and 4 silver, to place 3rd overall in the men’s World Cup competition behind winner Nic Fink of the United States and runner-up Dylan Carter of Trinidad & Tobago.

The South African’s successful tour conjured up ‘Chad 2.0’, with the Berlin stop seeing Le Clos clock a 100m fly time of 48.58, the 6th-fastest time of his career and best outing in the event since 2020.

Speaking to World Aquatics this week, Le Clos said of that race, “It meant the world to me to win my first race in a long time with such a great time 48. I knew I was back because I had changed a lot of things in my life. I was done with losing and that’s when Chad 2.0 was born.”

He went on to take the 200m fly gold at December’s Short Course World Championships, putting up a lifetime best of 1:48.27 in the process.

Reflecting on that achievement, Le Clos said, “I was very proud of the way I carried my form through the world champs. Winning in Melbourne felt a little like winning Olympics because I had been written off by the swimming community, but people didn’t know that I haven’t been myself since Covid.”

Turning toward the World Cup, Le Clos revealed what he is looking forward to at each historic city.

“They are all very special because, firstly, I always love the European legs and racing in the Middle East. Berlin was the birth of Chad 2.0, Athens will be the first time competing in the city where the South Africans destroyed everyone in the 4×100 Free Relay. And of course, Budapest. This is one of my favourite swimming venues; I love the fans In Budapest and I hope they will cheer for me like they always do.”

Quotes courtesy of World Aquatics.

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Anything but 50 BR
10 days ago

Does anyone know if Ledecky, Liendo, McIntosh or Marchand are going?

Reply to  Anything but 50 BR
10 days ago

I think not Berlín (many confirmates already and not they), but they can go more posibilities greece o buda

Reply to  gitech
10 days ago

Personally, I would rule out Ledecky’s participation, she doesn’t usually go. to these meetings and last year she attended the stops in the USA and Canada and to set the world records in short swimming mainly.

Liendo and marchand are students at the ncaa and they can coincide with events, and I don’t think so either, although I think it is more likely that liendo will join.

Mcintosh is the one most likely to attend I guess, she’s not a student yet and I see her going to these types of meetings more.

10 days ago

Today my roommate asked me to clean the stainless steel pan with food caked on.

After sometime, I decided to do it, and spent roughly 30 minutes.

After sometime, my roommate asked me how the pan was

“Le Clos” I said. He smiled and nodded.

He knew that it was washed.

10 days ago

The article says Nic Fink was the overall winner last year but I’m pretty sure it was Dylan Carter

10 days ago

Is it long course or short course?

Reply to  Boz
10 days ago


Alison England
Reply to  Boz
10 days ago

It is traditionally SC, but this will be LC in preparation for Paris.

10 days ago

Must be ❄️ a lot in cape town since he’s always sick with his sinus

10 days ago

How will he manage to race if he isn’t training now and there is two weeks to go? See him getting beaten on the first day and pulling out of the rest because he’s “sick”

10 days ago

There are two weeks left until Berlin, what will be the list of international entries already confirmed:

Peaty, sjostrom, milak, Mckeown, ceccon, masse, pallister, carter, nelson, ruta, c.campbell, matzerath, martinenghi, yufei, rapsys,s. haughey, wellbrock , L.hansson, samuel short (Budapest only)

Reply to  gitech
10 days ago

Also B Campbell and Simpson.

Reply to  gitech
10 days ago

Isaac cooper

Reply to  Skip
10 days ago

Brendon Smith i supposed

10 days ago

Do you know which Americans were in the World Cup? Nic fink, Kieran smith and katie grimes were confirmed.

Huske and douglass also talked about probably joining.
When will they confirm the rest?

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