What Happened To Chad le Clos? South African Swimmer Depression Condition And Health Update In Commonwealth Games

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In January 2021, Chad le Clos suffered a horrible event that shaded his Olympic experience in Tokyo. It is only now that he is speaking openly about the incident and asking for support.

He is an Olympic, World, and Commonwealth Games champion and a competitive swimmer from South Africa. In the short course and long course 200-meter butterfly events, and the short course 100-meter butterfly, he holds the African, Commonwealth, and South African records.

He also owns the African and South African records in the long course 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, and short course 100-meter freestyle. He previously held the 100- and 200-meter world records for the short course butterfly.

What Happened To Chad le Clos? 

In January 2021, Chad le Clos suffered a horrible event that shaded his Olympic experience in Tokyo. It is only now that he is speaking openly about the incident and asking for support.

In a conversation with The New Frame, a South African publication Le Clos discussed the difficulties. He said only: It's something he'll never talk about because it's not for anybody else to know the specifics of the incident or its conditions. However, it was so profound that it was harder for them than if my parents had cancer.

Le Clos claimed that the terrible event and other things would make him feel low in 2021. These included a change in sponsorship spending and the attention currents in South African swimming. At that time, Le Clos, 29, placed fifth in the men's 200 flies. He was forced to compete in the 100 fly heats despite winning silver in the previous two Olympics.

Le Clos delayed seeking professional assistance until after the Tokyo Olympics, something he now regrets.

Chad le Clos Depression And Health Update

Olympic gold medalist Chad le Clos of South Africa claimed earlier this month that 2021 was the worst year of his life because of a horrific incident that he will not disclose—sent him spiraling into the lowest place he's ever been.

Le Clos claimed to a local newspaper, New Frame, that a single incident that occurred to him in January of last year was worse than my parents had cancer and that it had an impact on his entire year, resulting in a subpar performance at the Tokyo Olympics where he failed to qualify for the 100-meter butterfly final and finished fifth in the 200-meter.

After 18 months, Le Clos claims he is almost back to average thanks to ongoing therapy, both personally and from the standpoint of athletics, and support from friends like American swimmer Tom Shields. That person defeated Michael Phelps to win the butterfly gold medal in London 2012.

Le Clos spoke with ESPN about his arduous year-long battle with mental illness, the value of getting help, his "rivalry" with Phelps, and how he still aspires to compete with and defeat the finest swimmers.


Family Of Chad le Clos Details

When he was nine years old, Chad Le Clos's Mauritian father relocated to South Africa, where he eventually met Le Clos's South African-born mother. He graduated in 2010 from the Westville Boys' High School in Durban, South Africa.

He originally joined a neighborhood swim team in Durban called the Seagulls Swimming Club when he was eight years old, and he began competing when he was ten. Jordan, his younger brother, is a similarly accomplished swimmer.

Le Clos placed fifth in the 400-meter individual medley on the first day of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Le Clos won the 200m butterfly gold medal on day four in 1 minute, 52.96 seconds.