South African King of butterfly Chad le Clos announced today via Twitter his separation from long-time coach Graham Hill, informed American web site Swimming World.
Le Clos, now 24 years old, first started swimming for Hill when he was just 8 years old, experiencing an unbelievable amount of success under Hill’s tutelage. The South African star quickly became a skilled master of butterfly, even taking down even the greatest swimmer of the Planet himself Michael Phelps in the men’s final of 200 m butterfly at the London-2012 Olympic Games.
Chad earned gold medals in both the 100 m and 200 m butterfly at the 2013 World Championships, repeating his 100 m fly best performance at the World Aquatics Champs-2015 in Kazan.
At this Olympics in Rio-de-Janeiro le Clos made a sensational swim name in the 200 m freestyle, when he took the silver medal with a time of 1.45,20, which now stands him as a South African record holder of the event. Despite finishing off the podium in the 200 m fly, Chad rebounded to finish in a historical three-way tie silver time with mega Olympic champion MP and Hungarian swim veteran Laszlo Cseh.
Hill has received the title of «Coach of the Year» in South Africa on numerous occasions and has served on the South African coaching staff at the Summer Olympic Games since 2000. He is currently the head coach of the «Seagulls Swimming Club» in Durban.