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How Chad Le Clos’ dad became an online phenomenon

The raw emotion shown by Olympic swimmer Chad Le Clos’ father in the wake of his son’s victory in the 200 metre butterfly endeared him to the media and people around the world.

As his interview with BBC sports presenter Claire Balding went viral though, the South African also became a social media phenomenon.

That video only has 17 000-odd views, but the post of the interview on sports site Deadspin has over 26 00 likes on Facebook and has been viewed nearly 276 000 times.

The younger Le Clos has a couple of his own memes:

The number of Twitter followers he had also skyrocketed, going from less than 10 000 followers to over 43 000.

But Bert’s doing quite well for himself too, having briefly trended globally:

He also has a couple of Facebook fan pages, and some have suggested a Bert Le Clos ringtone:

Another tweeter suggested that he had inspired a new figure of speech:

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More
  • Uberutang

    The PS4 does not in fact run all games (or nearly) all games at 1080p.
    900P seems to be the default for it.
    Xbone is just above 720p by default on most games.

  • That is a lie. The majority of the games running on the PS4 are in full 1080p. A handful run at 900p. Were as for the Xbone, the majority run at some variable between 720 and 792p, with a handful of upsscaled 1080p games to fill out the roster

  • Apsa

    If Titanfall and Project Spark are named as Exclusives then where are ps4s: Uncharted 4, MLB the show, Dynasy warriors 8 and final fantasy XIV? Also Below should be listed as Indie title. And not to mention some games coming out this year for ps4 like deep down, planetside 2 and guilty gears Xrd.

  • NathanDrake777

    Pretty sure it’s because he prefers Xbox and wants to make them look better . The article has many biased overtones.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    Actually the writer of this article is female. Of course it requires you to read, but maybe your just biased?

  • milwaukee


  • Bob

    Many PS4 exclusives missing from the list — Rime, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Lily Bergamo, Deep Down, and much more. Should be mentioned if you’ll talk about Below, Quantum Break etc.

  • Alex

    Since when are Titanfail and Kinect Sport Rivals better exclusives than what PS4 has? That is just pure journalist bias. Also Halo 5 is announced as far as 2015 and there is no announcement yet for Quantum Break date. Currently PS4 has more games listed and none of upcoming big exclusives are listed for PS4 (Uncharted, The Last of Us). There is actually 28 exclusive games for PS4.

  • Cassive

    All the PS4 games I have are in 1080p, what are you talking about?

  • Cassive

    PS4 is always getting downplayed to make it look even with the Xbox One. X1 has some decent titles, but overall it’s a piece of crap, it’s following in the PS3’s footsteps whilst PS4 is following in the Xbox 360’s footsteps. Truth is, the tables have turned this generation, PS4 is the king this time around, maybe next time Microsoft, but this round goes to Sony

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