By Mark Etheridge
Teenage swim sensation Chad le Clos says his training regime has never been tougherÔÇª not necessarily a bad thing as the 2012 Olympics in London get ever closer.
The young KwaZulu-Natal swimmer jets off to Hungary on Tuesday to continue his build up to national championships in Durban from 16-22 April.
“Since the beginning of the year, training has been the hardest its ever been, really hectic,” the Graham Hill trained ace told Road to London 2012 this week.
“But I think I’m slowly making steps in the right direction with regards to the small technical things and with time I’ll hopefully perfect them.”
Le Clos swims the Hungarian national championships (doubling up as that country’s Olympic trials). “So I’ll be up against some stiff competition. Laszlo Cseh and Bence Biczo are both going to be racing the 200 and 100-metre fly.
“They were both here in South Africa two weeks ago for a training camp, they come down every year for that.
“So it will be the second time this year that I’ll be racing and training with them.”
When Le Clos returns to South Africa he’ll have two weeks to prepare for nationals in Durban. “So hopefully we I get back I’ll be ready to swim some fast times.”
The Westville Boys High product, who snatched up an unprecedented 35 medals at the FINA World Cup series last year, celebrates his first birthday outside his teens the week ahead of nationals and a successful championships will serve as a perfect belated birthday present.