'Unbelievable' Olympic star takes Chelsea youngsters to task

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South African swimmer Chad Le Clos has had quite a week to remember, having ended his first Olympic Games with a gold and silver medal.

Le Clos, 20, beat Michael Phelps in dramatic circumstances to claim the 200m butterfly crown last week, before the roles were reversed in the 100m butterfly.

But things have got even better for Le Clos, after he was afforded the opportunity to visit Chelsea's training ground and meet the players he has idolised since he was a youngster.

And Le Clos was keen to highlight how popular Chelsea are back home in his native South Africa, with the Blues' Champions League triumph celebrated as feverishly in Durban as it was in London.

"It's unbelievable!" he told the official Chelsea website. "There are so many more Chelsea fans where I am from after that [Champions League] win. Every Saturday we have bars and clubs, with huge parties when there is a game on."

Le Clos will travel back to South Africa as a national hero, but it would be fair to say that his father, Bert, will be remembered even more fondly by the British public.

Bert became an internet sensation after appearing on the BBC in the aftermath of his son's gold medal triumph, with his booming voice and infectious laugh endearing him to millions.

And Chad admits his father will be green with envy after his trip to visit Chelsea.

"I think my dad is going to be very jealous when he finds out I was here," Chad added.

"My father has been my biggest fan my whole life, and he's always been like that, even watching me play soccer when I was a nine, 10-year-old back in the day."

During his time at Cobham, Le Clos was challenged to a swimming race by some of Chelsea's youngsters and was only too happy to show off his skills in the pool.

Suffice to say Le Clos made light work of the Chelsea relay team assembled of Adam Phillip, Todd Kane, Sam Walker and Lucas Piazon, and you can watch the race in the video above.

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