Le Clos almost single handedly carried South Africa to fourth place in the table at last weeks World Short Course Championship in Doha, securing four of the nations five medals.
The 22 year old swimmer became the first man in history to win the 50m, 100m, and 200m butterfly finals at the same edition of the world championships. He also pocketed the 200m freestyle crown and was named Best Male Swimmer of the competition.
“To win on the big stage, when the pressure is on and everyone is expecting you to win, comes with its own kind of pressures. I’m just glad I’ve been able to deal with that so far,” he said.
American legend Michael Phelps came out of retirement earlier this year, and while he was handed a six month suspension, he is widely expected to be in shape at the Olympics and will be Le Clos’s biggest threat.