Olympic Champion Chad Le Clos To Carry South African Flag In Tokyo

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The flag bearer announcements for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games continue this time with another swimmer ready to wave a nation’s colors at the opening ceremony.

Olympic champion Chad Le Clos has been selected as the male flag bearer for his nation of South Africa.

Le Clos enters Tokyo as his country’s most decorated Olympian, having won 4 medals, including one gold, over the 2012 Games and 2016 Games in London and Rio, respectively.

On this flag bearing honor, 29-year-old Le Clos told Tokyo 2020, “It is a huge thing, this is special for me, and it means a lot to my family and me. Just being here [at the Olympic Games] is a huge honour after everything that has happened.

“This feels like a gold medal for me, to represent my country at that stage, I feel a bit like Siya Kolisi (South African Rugby World Cup-winning captain).

“My dad burst into tears when I told him. It is a huge thing, and I am very proud to not only represent swimming but the whole country at this year’s Olympics,” he added. “I hope South Africans can see the pride in all of us and take inspiration.”

Le Clos is set to contest the 100m and 200m butterfly individual events.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) also named South Africa’s women’s hockey vice-captain and Olympic debutant Phumelela Mbande to carry the flag.

Olympic Swimming Flag Bearers (Tokyo 2020) 

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1 month ago

Happy for him! I still consider him a 200 freestyle Olympic gold medalist!

Scotty P
Reply to  SwamFlyUSA
1 month ago

He was so “Le Clos(e)” see what I did there? 🙂

Gogo bibi
Reply to  SwamFlyUSA
1 month ago

Sun yang is the best

1 month ago

He’ll probably take the flag out in about 30 seconds, but his back half around the track will take something like 4:30.

Reply to  frug
1 month ago

pacer for the opening ceremony

Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

This is great. I love it when the instantly recognizable athletes from prior Olympiads are carrying the flag. LeClos will be at the far outside

1 month ago

“Unbelievable!” says Bert.

Reply to  MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel
1 month ago

Well, actually, no, Bert didn’t say that. He burst into tears when he learned his son would be the RSA flagbearer.

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