Gold Coast — He is tiptoeing lightly around the subject so whisper it, but SA’s Chad Le Clos could just become the next Michael Phelps after making history at the Commonwealth Games. Le Clos, 25, shot to fame after taking down the US swimming legend at the 2012 Olympics, and proved over the past week on the Gold Coast that he will be a force to be reckoned with at the Tokyo Games in 2020. The South African became the first male swimmer to win three consecutive Commonwealth gold medals in the same event when he romped to vic-tory in the 200m butterfly, and followed that with silver in the 100m freestyle. He also completed a first Commonwealth butterfly treble, finishing the week as the most decorated swimmer in Games history. In a moment of exuberance after his crushing triumph in the 200m butterfly, Le Clos whooped: "No one’s done the triple before so — Michael Phelps of Commonwealth!" Never the shrinking violet in a sport full of uber-serious athletes, Le Clos nonetheless chose his...

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