Le Clos eyes Commonwealth Games after World Cup success

South African swimming champion Chad Le Clos says he wants to continue representing South Africa and has his sights firmly set on the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.

Swimming champion Chad Le Clos. Picture: Twitter/@chadleclos

JOHANNESBURG- Swimming champion Chad Le Clos made history this past weekend when he clinched his fourth World title in Singapore, and earned R2.1 million prize money in the process.

Le Clos went passed fellow South African, Cameron van der Burg, who is on three world titles and is one short of Hungarian female star Katinka Hosszu who has five world titles to her name.

Speaking to EWN Sport, Le Clos says that the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year are very important to him, and wants to do well. “The Commonwealth Games are a potentially historic event for me. I’m tied with Ian Thorpe for the most medals won at the event, so if I can get a medal there, whatever colour it will be, will be a record-breaking moment for me.”

The decorated swimmer also emphasised his desire to do well in the relay events.

“Hopefully we can get the relay’s up and going as well, it’s important to get that team dynamic and environment going.”

Le Clos also shared his future ambitions which include building a world-class swimming facility in Cape Town, in the hope that he can train at home and host Fina events.

“I am really pushing for a pool in Cape Town where I can train in and get better. We don’t have that kind of facility and I’m out in Turkey now, not because I want to be, but because I must train and be better.”