Olympics 2012

Le Clos: I can't believe it!

2012-07-31 22:35
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Take a dip with Chad le Clos

2012-05-31 11:33

Sport24 gets in the water with South African Olympic swimming sensation Chad le Clos pre-Olympics. He speaks about racing his idol Michael Phelps and what he is most looking forward to.

Johannesburg - Chad le Clos realised a lifelong dream on Tuesday night by beating Michael Phelps to win gold in the 200m butterfly.

VIDEO: Take a dip with Chad le Clos

GALLERY: Le Clos's golden moment

"That's been my dream, ever since I was a little boy. Michael is my hero. I just wanted to race in the final and now I've won it. I can't believe it, I really can't," he was quoted as saying on the BBC's website.

There was delight on social networks.

Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, who won South Africa's first London Olympic gold medal on Sunday night, tweeted: "CHAD LE CLOS!!!!!!! WHAT A FINISH!!"

One Alex Voitov reacted with: "Phelps - close but not le clos enough ;) Chad Le Clos, what a boykie!"

E.tv's sports anchor Lance Witten wrote: "Michael Phelps made a mistake" - yes, he tried to beat Chad le Clos."

Olympic gold medalist Ryk Neethling tweeted: "I almost got kicked out of the stadium bc [because] of my cheering. What a boykie! Just incredible. Well done coach @HillGrahamhill !!!"

South African actor Rob Van Vuuren reacted with: "Wow, I loved watching South African twitter explode as Chad took gold."

Singer Karen Zoid added: "And then Phelps DID get his 19th medal. What a cool night."

Controversial 5FM presenter Gareth Cliff reacted with: "That Phelps really is quite something. Glad."

Singer Heinz Winckler tweeted: "Cameron, Chad - well freakin done!! You make us proud!"

Le Clos beat Phelps of the USA by a fingertip, in a time of 1:52.96. Phelps came in at 1:53.01. The 14-time Olympic gold medallist was the defending champion in the event.

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