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Schoolgirl’s poster lands date with Chad le Clos

By Eurosport | World of Sport, Yahoo!7 August 17, 2012, 10:00 am

When South African schoolgirl Melanie Olhaus went to Johannesburg airport to greet Olympic champion Chad le Clos on his arrival home from London, she brought with her a poster asking the gold medallist whether he would go to her high school dance with her.

The sign was made in hope rather than expectation - but amazingly the hunky swimmer has agreed to the request.

"I just started to cry. I was shaking and I was so nervous," admitted 17-year-old Melanie.

Chad became a household name when he beat Michael Phelps in the men's 200m butterfly final at the London Games, while his father's passionate antics poolside also kept television viewers entertained.

Melanie was so taken by the 20-year-old star that she skipped school for the day so that she could see him arrive back in his native land.

Her sign read: "Chad, will you be my matric dance date???" together with pictures of her and him holding his gold medal. The matric dance is for final-year students at Melanie's Glenvista High School in Johannesburg and is akin to the high school proms they have in America.

"He said he thinks he's in the country at that time and he'll try and make it," Melanie told the Beeld newspaper.

"I didn't have a matric dance date yet and I thought, 'why not?' He's just so gorgeous!"

Despite the fact that she skipped school to land the date, Melanie's principal Marius Robinson is not about to stand in the way of the schoolgirl's dream date.

"Let's just say it was an urgent personal appointment," he joked.

Melanie, meanwhile, said that her classmates could forget about having a dance with her date.

"No, no no. He's all mine," she laughed.

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  1. 11:40pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    They could always bar the slut from attending the school dance.

  2. aussie abroad02:54pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    way to go girl, just goes to show if you want something bad enough you have to work for it........you might even get a gold medal shag for your efforts too!!!!

  3. appleguava02:16pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Nice one.

  4. Daggers01:29pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well, if you dont ask, you dont get. Well done, girl.

  5. Prabuddaha01:18pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This is Usual in Animals.. Sometime in Human (i.e. only winner get highlighted among uncontrollable personnel)

  6. Red_Herring01:15pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    gotta love those Seth Efrikanas.

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  7. Joan01:11pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What a nice guy!

  8. Tanya01:09pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    and if they end up liking each other and finally spend their life together ...what a lovely romantic story of how they met.

  9. Mandy12:02pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    LOL way to go that just shows us it pays to get the get up and go and ask a man out! lol

  10. Validioness11:59am Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I think good on you girl. This will be one off those stories you tell your grandkids