Home support: Family, friends gather to cheer for golden boy Le Clos

2012-08-04 00:00

CHAD le Clos was unable to repeat his gold medal feat from Tuesday, but his silver last night in the 100 metres butterfly means that it has been a very successful opening week of London 2012 for Team South Africa.

Le Clos finished in a dead heat for second behind his idol Michael Phelps, whom he had beaten just three nights earlier in the discipline’s 200 metres distance.

But Le Clos hardly looked like a man disappointed not to have won, and nor should he have. At just 20, his future is bright and he will be in his prime at the next games in Rio in 2016.

While his parents were far more in control of their emotions this time around, they were equally proud of their son’s achievement.

“We’re so proud of him, really he’s done so well and at such a young age,” said Chad’s celebrity dad, Bert le Clos.

Back home, his older sister,

Bianca Matos (34), had gathered with around 200 family and friends at Stella Sports Club in Glenwood to watch Chad’s final Olympic race.

“It was chaos here. We had to ask people to take their chairs outside just so everyone could get inside,” she told Weekend Witness after her brother’s performance. “I can’t wait for him to get home. I’ve told my mom and dad already that they’ve had him this whole time in London — when they get back he’s mine.”

Le Clos, once again, appeared out of the race with around 25 metres to go. But in what has now become familiar routine, a late surge saw him blast his way through the field in the dying stages of the race. “That has always been his thing,” added Matos. “He has this extra ‘vooma’ at the end when he knows that he just has to give his everything.”

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