July 08.2016


“Unbelievable: The Chad le Clos Story” charting London 2012 champion’s journey to the Rio Games will be aired globally on 24 and 25 July 2016

On 31st July 2012 a young South African’s life changed forever as he beat his childhood hero to achieve his dream of winning Olympic Gold. No one thought he could do it but the 20-year-old pulled off the “unbelievable” and thrust himself and his larger-than-life father, Bert, into the spotlight. In August the eyes of the world will focus on the two greats again as they face off for the first time since London – Chad le Clos versus Michael Phelps at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Following his Olympic success, Chad has become the new star of swimming, with world titles, world records and awards, cementing his place at the top of his sport and in the hearts of the public - the humble champion from Durban. Behind the scenes Chad has had to deal with new pressures in and out of the pool, unreported personal struggles and the media backlash that comes with taking on the most successful Olympian of all time.

Unbelievable: The Chad le Clos Story begins in Durban in March 2015 with just 500 days to go until the Rio Olympics. His journey takes him around the world, pursuing his dream. With him through it all are Dad Bert, who the world fell in love with after his outpouring of emotion at London 2012; and Mum Geraldine, the family rock.

A OneToWatch production, Unbelievable has been directed by Sir Matthew Pinsent, himself a four time Olympic Gold medallist and BBC broadcaster. More recently the driving force behind the BBC's Olympic Dreams series, Matthew has captured the highs, lows and everything in between as Chad chases his dream to Rio de Janeiro.

“Unbelievable: The Chad le Clos Story” will air on SuperSport in Africa, Eurosport in Europe, and on Chad’s official website on 24 and 25 July 2016.

Chad le Clos commented “It has been a real privilege to welcome Matthew into our lives and to have him with us on our journey to the Games. As viewers will see, this has been in many ways the toughest time of my and my family’s lives. The public will get a very honest portrayal of my story and the build up to the biggest week of my life in Rio this summer.”

Sir Matthew Pinsent commented “When I started this project, I only knew about a talented athlete and his larger-than-life father. What I have learned about this family, their resilience, the reality of coming from South Africa, and the power of sport has been very special for me.”

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