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South African swimming Olympic Champion Chad Le Clos becomes Youth Olympic Games Ambassador for Buenos Aires 2018

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South Africa’s most decorated Olympic swimmer Chad Le Clos has been announced by the International Olympic Committee as an Ambassador for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018.

The 25-year-old sensationally defeated his childhood hero, Olympic legend Michael Phelps, in the 200m butterfly at London 2012.

Speaking about his appointment at the FINA World Cup in Singapore, where the South African burst onto the international scene at the inaugural YOG in 2010, he said: “The Youth Olympics hold a special place in my heart. If it wasn’t for the YOG, I wouldn’t have achieved this success, and to be sharing this news here in Singapore where it all started for me is incredible.”

Le Clos is odds-on to win the FINA (Fédération International de Natation) Swimming World Cup 2017 overall title in Singapore this weekend (18-19) after winning the Fina World Championships in Budapest this summer followed by victory in the 50m and 200m butterfly earlier this week in Tokyo.

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