Chad le Clos 'honoured' to fly SA flag in Tokyo: 'It's like another gold medal'

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South African swimmer Chad le Clos
South African swimmer Chad le Clos
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Olympic superstar Chad le Clos is humbled and honoured to be flying the South African flag at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.

Le Clos was unveiled as Team SA's flag bearer along with women's hockey goalkeeper Phumelela Mbande for Friday's no-spectators opening ceremony (13:00 SA time).

Despite being South Africa's most decorated Olympian of all time, Le Clos has never carried the flag at the prestigious opening ceremony, with Caster Semenya doing the honours in 2012 and Wayde van Niekerk in 2016.

Le Clos' Olympic journey dates back to 2010 at the Youth Olympics, where he brought home a record five medals in Singapore.

Two years later, Le Clos stunned the world when he defeated American legend Michael Phelps to win gold in the 200m butterfly at the 2012 London Games. Le Clos then followed up with a silver in the 100m 'butterfly.

He then added two silver medals at the 2016 Rio Games as he finished runner-up in the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Le Clos has come a long way and is just thankful to represent his country at his third Olympic Games.

"I'm extremely honoured. I can't believe it's the Olympics already, it feels like London or Rio was yesterday," Le Clos told Sport24 on Thursday.

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