Chad le Clos, fresh from winning the World Cup series again, will head into the world short course championships next month with his eye on three world records.
He came tantalisingly close in the past few weeks in all three butterfly races, missing out by split seconds. Le Clos goes into the competition in Doha, from December 3-7, ranked No1 in the world in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events.
More impressive is that his best times over the three distances are considerably lower than the current world short course championship marks, which were all posted at the last gala, in Istanbul in 2012.
“Chad could go big,” predicted Graham Hill, the coach of the South African team and Le Closâ€™s mentor. “He could get three golds and three world records.”