Chad le Clos on Laureus World Sportsman of the Year shortlist

The SA swimmer did not only take all gold in titles in butterfly but won a fourth gold in freestyle.

Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Twenty-two year old South African Chad le Clos has made the shortlist for the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.

The South African Olympic gold medalist swimmer is the first person to complete a clean sweep of all butterfly titles at the World Short Course Championships, winning gold medals in the 50, 100 and 200 metres.

Le Clos also took a fourth gold medal in the 200m freestyle.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has also made the shortlist and may become the world's first footballer to win the award.

Ronaldo, who was chosen as this year's Ballon d'Or World Footballer of the Year, will now be hoping to be one of the six nominees to be chosen by the world's media for the Laureus Award, which has been won in the past by legends such as Michael Schumacher, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Usain Bolt.

The names of the nominees will be announced on February 11 and Ronaldo will be competing with stars from every other sport for a place on the shortlist.

The names of the winners in various categories will be revealed at the awards ceremony to be held in Shanghai on 15 April.