Le Clos currently holds the 200m butterfly record of 1:48:56 that he set last year and is looking at breaking the 100m butterfly mark after being impressive throughout the seven leg World Series which ended on Sunday.
He came close to shattering the record again at the final leg in Singapore, touching the wall in 48.74, just 0,26 off the global mark held by Russian Yevgeny Kortyshkin. He produced his best form of the season in Singapore, also narrowly missing out on the 50m mark by 0.18 seconds.
The record is currently held by German Steffen Deibler.
“I think I will only get better by year end. I was confident today and I believe I can get a world record. I will try again next time,” he told the Fina website on the final day of the world cup.
Le Clos became the first man to secure the World Cup crown three times, winning all 27 races he entered as he racked up 474 points to finish 134 points clear of second placed Hungarian Daniel Gyurta.