‘I want to be the best I can’ – Le Clos

Chad le Clos is willing to put everything on the line to reach the limits of his potential, as he attempts to find a place among the most respected and versatile swimmers in the world.

Le Clos, already one of the most feared competitors in the butterfly discipline, said yesterday he was not letting up in his quest for greatness. “There’s still a lot for me to improve on,” he said. “As soon as I get complacent, or my head gets too big, my performances will start to drop.”

Having scooped gold and silver at last year’s London Olympics and double gold at this year’s Fina World Championships in Barcelona, the 21-year-old Le Clos said he would continue to raise the bar.

“Everyone has certain goals they want to achieve and I’m going to keep challenging myself,” he said. “I want to know when I retire that I did everything I could, so I have to be ready for all the challenges that come my way.”

After breaking the 200m butterfly short course world record twice this season, Le Clos admitted a long-course mark was missing from his impressive CV.

By broadening his approach in various disciplines, however, he believed he could push himself to another level. “If I want to secure my place as one of the best in world I must break a world record. I tend to choose tough races because I always want to race against the best. If that means I get three silvers at the Olympics that’s fine, but I want to be the best I can be.”

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