‘I’m going for broke’ – Le Clos

2012-07-31 11:35

London – Chad le Clos believes he would need to swim faster than the national record he set yesterday if he wants to win a medal in the men’s 200 metres butterfly event at the London Olympic Games.

The versatile South African swimmer progressed to tonight’s final in style as he clocked a national record of 1:54.34.

“I definitely think I need to go faster if I want to win a medal,” Le Clos said.

“I’m pretty sure that there will be at least three or four guys that could go under 1:54.”

He finished second behind Takeshi Matsuda of Japan in the faster of two semi-finals yesterday, while American Michael Phelps won the other semi-final in 1:54.53.

Le Clos hoped to replicate his performance in the semi-final in an effort to secure South Africa’s second medal at the London Games.

“I’m just going to do it like I did it yesterday,” he said.

“I’m going to go out there and make sure I am in the race and hopefully we’ll have a race in the last 25 metres. It should be good.”

Improving his personal best had given him a boost ahead of the final.

“I’m happy I broke my PB by almost a second,” Le Clos said.

“That is the main thing for me, coming in here and getting my times down and proving to myself that I can handle the big stage.”

The 20-year-old finished fifth in the men’s 400m individual medley, his maiden Olympic final, on Saturday.

“To make the final was vital and I didn’t expect to come top five, but that is an even bigger boost,” he said.

“I think that helped me for this race (the butterfly semi-final).”

Le Clos, tipped to win a medal on his Olympic debut, believed he had an opportunity to secure a podium place in the 200m butterfly final – perhaps his best event.

“I could come eighth or I could get a medal,” he said.

“It is a very close final and there are some really great swimmers out there.

“I’m just going to go out there and I will race 100 percent.

“When I finish that race I will be broke, I will give it my all and I guess you can’t ask for more than that.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.