Chad le Clos has parted ways with his coach of 14 years‚ Graham Hill.
The South African Olympic champion said he would train on his own for the remainder of the year and consider his options next year.
“Graham Hill has done a great job as my coach for 14 years‚” Le Clos said in a statement.
“We have achieved a lot together at every level of the sport: The Olympics‚ The World Championships‚ The Commonwealth Games and The FINA World Cups.
“However‚ having considered everything‚ I have decided to end our agreement and will now start looking to find a new structure for 2017.
“For the rest of the 2016 season‚ I will work by myself. Every athlete has to take responsibility for his or her own career and I feel ready to try a different approach.
“I would like though to thank Graham for all his hard work‚ his advice and his friendship. I’ve been fortunate to have one of the best swimming coaches in the world living so close to my family home here in Durban.
“It has been an incredible journey together and he and his family will always remain good friends.”
Le Clos won gold in the 200-metre butterfly and silver in the 100-metre butterfly at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
He returned home with Olympic silver in the 200-metre freestyle and 100-metre butterfly after Rio showpiece last month.
— TMG Digital