“I’m a killer again” – Chad Le Clos on getting back in shape

South Africa’s most decorated Olympian, Chad le Clos, insists he still has the killer instinct that propelled him to the high heights he achieved early in his career.

After winning a total of four medals at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics, Le Clos failed to make it to the podium at last year’s Tokyo Games.

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The four-time world champion also missed the podium at this year’s World Distance Running World Championships in Budapest and won only one medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after placing 17th in the previous three rounds of that exhibition event.

Still hungry

And although he will be 32 at the 2024 Paris show, Le Clos says he is still eager to fight for the podium after winning three medals at the first stage of the championship. Fina World Cup in Berlin. on the weekend

While compatriot Matthew Seyts was flaunts his talent in the German capitalplacing first in the short course series with five medals, Le Clos also scored two golds and one silver in the butterfly finals.

“I came from a dark place. A year ago I didn’t even want to swim and just made moves,” he said.

“But I mentally returned to where I need to be. I’m a killer again.”

Back in shape, Le Clos looked to pick up momentum in the World Cup series ahead of the World Short Course Championships in Melbourne in December, but he still had bigger long-term goals.

He has set his sights on more prestigious medals at next year’s World Long Distance Championships in Fukuoka and at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Made with losses

“I’ve been losing a lot lately, but that’s over with now,” Le Clos said.

“I’m slowly getting back to the top and we’re taking small steps so we still have a lot to improve, but the focus is on the World Championships in Fukuoka next year and Paris of course.”