Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos (born 12 April 1992) is a South African swimmer who is currently the Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion and Commonwealth record holder in the 50 and 100 metre butterfly. He won gold in the 200 metre butterfly in the 2012 Olympics in London. He also won five medals at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore.
Le Clos attended Westville Boys’ High School in Durban, South Africa, matriculating in 2010. He has been swimming from a very young age, and when he started competing at the age of 10 he already had a few years of training under his belt.
Chad won the prestigious Daily News SPAR Sports Person of the Year in 2010 in which the top school sportsmen are nominated. At the Commonwealth Games, he collected 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. At the World Short Course Championships, he collected 1 gold medal. At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships, he finished 5th in the 200m Fly, 13th in the 100m Fly & 10th in the 4x100m medley.
Chad won the gold medal in the 200m butterfly at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in 1m 52,96 sec, barely edging out 2008 Olympic winner, Michael Phelps, by 0.05 seconds. Le Clos had admitted before the games in his bio given to the media that his sporting hero is Michael Phelps, and that beating his hero was not only a surprise but was totally unexpected.Le Clos became the last man to beat his idol Michael Phelps in an individual Olympic event.Three days later Le Clos won the silver medal in the 100m butterfly, tied with Yevgeny Korotyshkin in a time of 51.44 sec, at 0.23 sec behind Phelps.
Le Clos ended his 2012 Olympic run by completing a promise he made to himself: “I told myself I would tell [Phelps] he was my hero. So that’s what I did.” Phelps’ reaction prompted Le Clos’ father, Bert, to pronounce Phelps as the most gentlemanly person in sport.
Source: Chad le Clos Wikipedia