Four years ago, Chad le Clos stunned two-time Olympic champion and world record-holder Michael Phelps to win the 200-metre butterfly gold at the London Games.
But the South African could not repeat the feat in Rio earlier this year as he finished fourth behind Phelps, who retook the title. He also finished second behind Singapore’s Joseph Schooling in the 100m butterfly. Le Clos left the Olympics without a gold and plenty of disappointment.
“I had the best training ever [and] there's no one that trained like I did before the Olympic Games so the disappointment I am feeling right now is, I think, because of the way I trained,” he told local media on Thursday afternoon.
“In terms of training, my training was spot on, preparation was perfect and it just didn’t happen.”
His haul of one gold and three silvers still makes him South Africa’s most-decorated Olympian ever and Le Clos is already bouncing back from Rio.
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