Le Clos named FINA swimmer of the year

Chad le Clos (AP)
Chad le Clos (AP)

Cape Town - At the conclusion of the 2018 FINA World Swimming short course Championships, FINA announced South African Chad le Clos and Hungarian Katinka Hosszu as its male and female Swimmers of the Year.

According to the SwimSwam website, the honour is Le Clos’ second, after winning in 2014, and Hosszu’s fourth, after winning in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Le Clos’ biggest long course highlights came at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where he swept the butterfly races and added a bronze as part of South Africa’s 4x100m medley relay.

He added an individual gold in the 100m butterfly as well as silvers in the 50m and 200m butterfly at the World short course Championships.

Le Clos finished an unusually-low ninth in the World Cup Series, which he’s won four times including in 2017, and won five events in that series.

Other award winners:

Best Male Water Polo Team - Hungary
  • Best Female Water polo Team - USA
  • Best Male Diver - Cao Yuan, China
  • Best Female Diver - Shi Tingmao, China
  • Best Female Artistic Swimmer - Yelyzaveta Yakhno, Ukraine
  • Best Male Artistic Swimmer - Giorgio Minisini, Italy
  • Best Male High Diver - Gary Hunt, Great Britain
  • Best Female High Diver - Rhiannan Iffland, Australia
  • Best Male Masters Athlete - Zhang Jian, China
  • Best Female Masters Athlete - Wang Yan, China
  • FINA Media Award - AIPS, Young Report Programme
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