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“I’m really happy to extend this great partnership with arena.” said le Clos.
“Over the last decade my career has gone through a few different phases, with both highs and lows, and arena has always been there, no matter what.
That’s very important for me.
There are great suits and equipment, which are far and away the best on the market.
So as I look forward to the next few years and chasing my new goals. It’s great that I’ll still have arena in my corner.”
Le Clos’ career
Le Clos’ career started taking off in 2010.
His butterfly and IM performances stood out at the Youth Olympics in Singapore, the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, and the World Short Course Championships in Dubai.
At 2012 London Olympic Games Le Clos won the gold medal in 200m fly, against the swimming legend Michael Phelps.
He also won:
- two more Olympic silver medals (2016: 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly)
- four World Championship golds and a silver (2017: 200m butterfly gold; 2015: 100m butterfly gold, 200m butterfly silver; 2013: 100m & 200m butterfly gold)
- five Commonwealth Games gold medals, including all three butterfly events at the 2018 Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.
He’s been equally impressive in the 25m pool, racking up 10 World SC Championship gold medals overall since 2010.
His most recent victory came in 2018 SC Hangzhou’s Championships, where he won against Caeleb Dressel.
He’s also the current holder of the World short course 100m butterfly record, the Commonwealth Games 100m & 200m butterfly records (both set in 2018), and a two-time winner of the FINA Male Swimmer of the Year award (2014, 2018).
Plans for 2019
Le Clos’ primary goal for 2019 is to swim a personal best in 200m butterfly, while also medalling in both 100m & 200m butterfly at the upcoming World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
From a training perspective, he’s been doing more gym work for both power and injury prevention. Overall, 2019 is an important year in the four-year Olympic cycle, and so in terms of preparation Chad’s eye is already firmly on Tokyo 2020.
Beyond the Pool
The Chad Le Clos Foundation was recently launched with the aim of raising money for underprivileged kids who have difficulty getting to training and swim meets, or getting the right equipment.
Over the years he’s also been involved with work in impoverished areas of Durban and Cape Town. His Chad Le Clos Academy also does community outreach every few months.
Since, arena has created and marketed waterwear products for competitive swimmers and swimming fans worldwide, and is universally recognized as one of the premium brands of high quality swimwear and equipment. Over the last 45 years, arena has developed strong expertise in creating best-in-class products with particular focus on the pool segment, while also expanding into leisure and beach wear. Today the arena brand has a presence in 116 countries around the globe. With direct representation in Italy, France, Germany/ Austria and the United States, the group also employs a network of 35 qualified business partners in more than 100 countries, while the Japan-based Descente Ltd owns and manages the brand in 11 countries of the Far East.
arena’s ties to the world of sport, and swimming in particular, are reinforced through sponsoring activities at different levels, including governing bodies, national federations, athletes and clubs. In an historic agreement signed in early 2014, arena became a principal sponsor and technical partner of the swimming world’s governing body, FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation).
In addition, arena is technical sponsor and official supplier to many swimming federations including the United States, Australia, Netherlands. Italy, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Croatia, Norway, South Africa. Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Finland, Portugal and Estonia. www.arenawaterinstinct.com
Press release courtesy of arena, a Swimswam partner