Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
15 Sep 2016
3:07 pm

Le Clos cuts ties with coach

Wesley Botton

Swimming star Chad le Clos has split with coach Graham Hill for the first time in his career.

Chad le Clos of South Africa swims in the final of the mens 200m butterfly during day 4 of the Swimming at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 09, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

“Graham Hill has done a great job as my coach for 14 years and we have achieved a lot together at every level of the sport… however, having considered everything, I have decided to end our agreement and will now start looking to find a new structure for 2017,” Le Clos said in a statement on Thursday.

Under Hill’s guidance, Le Clos became South Africa’s most decorated Olympian, earning two medals in Rio last month as he lifted his career tally to four podium places at the multi-sport spectacle. The 24-year-old butterfly specialist also bagged three world long-course titles and 12 Commonwealth Games medals with Hill after they started working together when Le Clos was a child.

“I would like to thank Graham for all his hard work, his advice and his friendship… it has been an incredible journey together,” Le Clos said. Lying second overall after three of nine legs in the lucrative World Cup series, Le Clos confirmed he would work on his own until the end of the year.

It was unclear whether he would stay in Durban next season or which training group he would join in the new year.