Le Clos eyes Phelps swimming records after Olympic feat

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Chad Le Clos famously out-touched Michael Phelps to win Olympic butterfly gold and he said he now wants the great American’s world records after setting a new shortcourse mark in Singapore.

The South African caused a sensation last year in London when he beat the most successful Olympic athlete of all time by five-hundredths of a second in an epic 200m butterfly race.

Now Le Clos said he hoped to snatch the retired Phelps’s 100m and 200m butterfly records, set in 2009, after lowering the 200m shortcourse record at the Singapore leg of the World Cup.

“My next goal is to break one of Michael Phelps’s long-course records, eventually, maybe next year at the Commonwealth Games, or in 2015 at the world championships in Russia,” he said.

5 FM Hollywood Reporter Jen Su with Olympic Gold Medalist Chad Le Clos

Image courtesy of Jennifer Su, CC BY 2.0

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