Chad le Clos exclusive: Swimming superstar hails the Commonwealth Games after historic achievement

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World, Olympic and Commonwealth Champion, Chad le Clos, told GiveMeSport in an exclusive interview, that the phenomenal success of the swimmers in Tollcross International Swimming Centre, was down to the superb organisation of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Best Games staged

After 11-days of competition that has seen 4500 athletes, from 71-nations, competing in 17-sports, a thrilling 20th Commonwealth Games came to an end last night in Glasgow, in what has being hailed as the greatest Commonwealth Games ever to be staged.

An incredible 142 Games records were broken, including nine world records across all sports, and the leading athlete during the Games with a personal haul of seven medals, Chad le Clos, believes the unprecedented success was down to the fantastic way the Games were hosted by Scotland.

Le Clos, a world record holder and double FINA World Cup Champion, also famously beat swimming legend Michel Phelps to gold in the 2012 London Olympics when he edged the American by 0.05 seconds in the 200m butterfly.

Record breaking Games

The 22-year old superstar pushed his mental and physical boundaries to the limit in Glasgow, when he equalled Australian Ian Thorpe's Commonwealth record of seven medals in a single Games, winning double gold in the 100m and 200m butterfly, silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay and four bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay, 50m butterfly, 200m individual medley and the 4x100m medley relay.

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His medal haul also saw him surpass Thorpe's overall Commonwealth tally of 11-medals, bringing him level with compatriot Roland Schoeman on 12, one shy of the current record of 13, held by another Australian, Michael Wenden.

The performances at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre were quite stunning when you take into account 41 Commonwealth records were set, two of them falling to the superhuman Le Clos.

When asked what he put the world class exploits of the swimmers down too, he insisted it was new talent, the fans and the environment of the Games that played a major part.

"Swimming changes and new talent coming through pushes the pace," the athlete told GiveMeSport.

"The high amount of records broken can be attributed to the way the Games are. The swimming stadium held six or seven-thousand, however it felt like there was fifty-thousand.

"The crowd was electrifying, especially when the Scots swum," he went on to add.

Clearly the fantastic support from the Scottish fans helped relax all the athletes and in turn lifted their own personal performances, a great compliment to the organisers and fans that attended the Commonwealth Games.

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Unique experience

Le Clos then went on to explain how unique he found the experience in Glasgow and about how much he enjoyed being part of the Scottish hosted Games.

"For me personally, I can say I was really excited to be there. It had a different feel about it, like a fun-serious......or a smart-casual. It was really nice."

It was a tremendous compliment from the most successful athlete at these Games, backing up all the hype that the 20th Commonwealth Games have quite possibly been the best edition ever to have been staged.

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