Chad Le Clos is â€œpretty upsetâ€ that South Africaâ€™s selection criteria could rob him of the chance to become the most decorated medalist in Commonwealth Games history.
Le Closâ€š already SAâ€™s most decorated Olympian with four gongsâ€š was hoping to join the all-time Commonwealth record of 18 medalsâ€š shared by Englandâ€™s Mick Gault and Australian Phillip Adamsâ€š both shooters.
Le Clos has 12 medals from Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014â€š with half of them coming from relays.
He is planning on competing in four individual races at the 2018 edition in Gold Coastâ€š Australiaâ€š from April 4-15 â€” and was counting on podium finishes in two relaysâ€š the 4x100m freestyle and medleyâ€š to lift him to 18 medals.
But three key teammates he needs to power SA to silverware in those relays were not included in the SA Games swimming team of 23.
â€œThere were guys who werenâ€™t selected for the team which Iâ€™m pretty upset aboutâ€šâ€ Le Clos said in Cape Town before heading to training base in Turkey on Monday.
â€œI donâ€™t want to mention any names â€¦ there were some guys I asked to go on the team. Some of the guys couldnâ€™t make trials because they were studying overseas.â€
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