Cape Town, South Africa
Former Olympic champion Chad le Clos was named to South Africa’s squad for their seventh world swimming championships on Monday.
Le Clos, 30, plans to compete in the 50, 100 and 200 meter butterfly world championships in Budapest, Hungary, which begin on June 18, the South African swimming federation has announced.
Le Clos was 2012 Olympic champion in the 200m butterfly and also won four world titles in the 100 and 200 meters. But he didn’t make it past the 100m butterfly preliminaries at the Tokyo Olympics last year and finished fifth in the 200m butterfly final, suggesting he could be close to retirement.
He won the 50, 100 and 200 events at the South African Championships last month on a return to form.
Le Clos also said in an interview last month with South African news site New Frame that he battled depression last year around the time of the Olympics and eventually agreed to seek help after the Games.
Olympic 200m breaststroke champion and world record holder Tatjana Schoenmaker is also part of South Africa’s squad for the world championships after she was surprisingly beaten to second place in the 50 and 100 breaststroke at the South African National Championships. by Lara van Niekerk, 18 years old. Schoenmaker won the silver medal and broke the Olympic record in the 100m breaststroke in Tokyo.
Schoenmaker is entered to swim the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke at the world championships while rising star Van Niekerk will compete in the 50 and 100m.
South Africa also have high hopes for Matthew Sates, another 18-year-old who set three world junior records last year and won the overall short course World Cup title. He is up for the 100, 200 and 400m freestyle and the 200m individual medley.
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