So Clos — little bro takes on Chad

2014-04-11 00:00

IT becomes abundantly clear when talking to any of the Le Closes that family is of the utmost importance, and this was seen again yesterday in the morning session of the South African National Aquatic Championships at King’s Park Pool.

“How did you go? What was your time? Are you through?”

These were Chad le Clos’s questions for his younger brother Jordan (15) after the pair had competed in the third heat of the men’s 400 m individual medley together, Chad in lane four and Jordan in lane seven.

As it turns out, Jordan’s swim wasn’t good enough to get him through to the semi-finals, but all eyes were on the Westville Boys’ High Grade 10 pupil as he held his own in the company of the country’s best.

“He is swimming really well at the moment,” said Chad.

“He needs to be a bit quicker, but he is on the right track.”

On the prospect of representing South African at an Olympic Games alongside his brother, Chad said that was “always the dream”.

Jordan will be swimming in the heats of the 200 m individual medley this morning, and while he held his own yesterday, his eyes were firmly on the future.

“I only started taking swimming seriously about two years ago, and these are my first nationals,” said Jordan. “Obviously I would like to keep working hard and hopefully make the Olympic team one day.”

On the potentially daunting prospect of swimming alongside Chad, Jordan said that there were no added nerves.

“I didn’t find it intimidating at all, probably more motivating,” he said. “He has always been very supportive of me, giving me pointers and helping me out along the way.”

And super-supportive dad Bert le Clos also had some wise words for Jordan.

“If you want to be a champion you have to sacrifice everything,” he said. “He is still very young, and he says he is prepared to put in the work, so we’ll see.”

With the Rio Olympics coming up fast in 2016, the 2020 Tokyo Games would be the likeliest hope of seeing more than one Le Clos on the podium.

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