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Forbes Africa #30 Under 30; Sport Category: Chad le Clos, Genzebe Dibaba
By Chioma Okwu

THE FORBES AFRICA 30 UNDER 30 LIST IS THE most-anticipated list of game-changers on the continent and this year also marks the fifth milestone annual Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list with a new inclusion of new categories of game-changers.

We will, however, take time to look into bits by bits details of the collectives in no particular order. 

Today, we will be reviewing Chad le Clos, swimmer, 27, South Africa and Genzebe Dibaba, 28, Ethiopia, Track and Field Athlete


Chad le Clos:


“Seas the day”, are words multiple Olympic medallist Chad le Clos lives by.

Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos, OIS is a South African competitive swimmer who is an Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion as well as the Commonwealth record holder in the 50 and 100-meter butterfly.

His claim to fame is being an Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games swimming champion.

He is also the record holder in the 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly.

Born in Durban, South Africa, Le Clos began swimming competitively from the age of 10.

By the time he was 20, he beat his hero, Michael Phelps, by 0.05 seconds at the London 2012 Summer Olympics in the men’s 200 meters butterfly, and the world stood still.

Phelps had held that record and the arrival of a young South African caused a huge splash.

History was made and Le Clos continues to do so today.

On top of the many accolades, last year, he was named FINA Male Swimmer of the Year 2018.

He is currently doing plenty of swimming drills in preparation for Tokyo 2020.

The proud South African swimmer goes to show that where there’s a will, there’s a wave.



Genzebe Dibaba is a woman always gunning for gold.


Genzebe Dibaba Keneni is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She won the gold medal in the 1500m at the Beijing World Championships and a silver medal in the 1500 meters at the 2016 Olympics. 

With 10 gold medals already to her name, she continues to run the distance and surpass many alongside her. She currently holds five world records; for the indoor and outdoor 1,500 meters, the indoor 300 meters, the indoor 500 meters and the indoor mile.


This makes her one of the best female track mile runners in history. The last two gold medals she won for Ethiopia were at the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham for the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters.


The 28-year-old’s talents, however, run in the family. She has three siblings who are also gold and silver medal athlete winners.


The Ethiopian world record holder continues to run for her life as she remains unbeaten in the 1,500 meters since the European Championships in Berlin in 2015.


Since then, she has received a number of accolades, including the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year in 2015, and IAAF Athlete of the Year 2015.

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