Le Clos relaxed ahead of championship

2013-07-17 00:00

TWO weeks ahead of the 2013 swimming World Championships in Barcelona, South Africa’s golden boy of the pool Chad le Clos is taking things easy.

He is confident he has done enough preparation and will let his performance in the pool do the talking.

“Two weeks ahead of a competition, you can’t really do too much,” Le Clos told The Witness.

“I feel calm and confident. I’m excited to go over there. We leave on the 22nd and I start racing on the 28th.

“From there, I go to the Fina Short Course World Cup and I will be back on August 10.”

He described the championships in Barcelona as swimming’s major and has been working towards them since last year, apart from a short spell when he had to stay out of the pool owing to injury.

“I had a slight tear in my clavicle in December and I was out for about two months,” he said.

He said the championships would showcase the talent available in South African swimming.

“Obviously, Cameron [van der Burgh] and I are more established, but you also have young guys like Miles Brown and Calvin Justin coming through,” Le Clos said.

When The Witness contacted Le Clos, he was just about to take his protégé, his younger brother Jordan, to the airport.

“He’s leaving for Ireland with the Seagulls under-18 team.”

He felt that the experience of swimming against other swimmers from around the world would be beneficial.

“It’s good for him to be getting this chance to swim against swimmers from other countries,” he said, adding that the level of competition would be much higher than he what he was used to.

The world championships in the Catalan capital will also be the first in 10 years to not feature American super star Michael Phelps, who retired after last year’s London Olympics.

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