FINA World Swimmer of the Year Chad le Clos, speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, has revealed he is feeling good and has set his sights firmly on getting gold and to push for world records.
Le Clos won the first gold medal of the 2014 World Short Course Championships with a winning time of 1:41.45.
The 22-year-old said: "I’m feeling good, feeling strong, I have had a great couple of months with the World Cup Series. It was unfortunate timing with having my wisdom teeth taken out two weeks ago, but I’m back at my best.
"I’m looking to medal and going after gold. Obviously the butterfly events are always my focus and I’m looking forward to seeing how fast I can go in those.
"I like the pool here in Doha and think I can produce fast times and push those world records. I’m also racing the 200m freestyle which is not something I usually race so I look forward to seeing how I go in that as well, freestyle has been strong for me during the World Cup series so hopefully I can get on the podium."
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Best in the world
The South African, who was named the World Swimmer of the Year by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) for the third time - a feat that hasn't ever been achieved before, went 27 races undefeated, again another first for the swimming world.
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The Durban-born swimmer was also named as the South African Sportsman of the Year and described as a proud moment for him and his family.
"It’s great to be recognised by my home country for my success this year. I had a tricky start to the year with injuries and illness, so to be able to produce seven medals at the Commonwealths and then have the winning run in the World Cup series is great for me, and so getting awards like this is a nice bonus for me." Said le Clos.
The World Championships in Doha end on December 7 and the South African is already looking ahead to Kazan in 2015 and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
The gold medalist said: "I will be straight back to South Africa after the Championships, and then we have a local swim meet to take part in. After that, I will get just over a week off for Christmas which will be great. Then it’s back into training and looking towards Kazan in 2015 and Rio of course."
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