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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Expect The Unexpected In Unexpecting Places

Two-time Olympic medalist David Davies may be on the edge of not going to his third Olympics. Because he did not qualify for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim under the British Swimming qualification standards, his potential road to the 2012 London Olympics may be circuitous - or non-existent. Finishing 26th at the LEN Cup event in Israel, Tom Allen and Daniel Fogg qualified ahead of David by placing 10th and 18th to win a trip to the FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

If neither Tom nor Daniel finish in the top ten, then David will have one last chance to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

"I have got a lot to give open water swimming; I am still new at it so it would be a shame to leave it on that note. It is difficult to take because I kind of targeted London and the 10K to be my event and potentially it could be over and we aren’t even in 2012 yet. I have to wait and see the result in Shanghai to see if I get another opportunity."

It is surely an incredibly difficult situation to be in because he wants to qualify for the Olympics, but he certainly does not want to wish any of his British teammates not to do the same. "I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit hurt – it was one of the biggest disappointments I have had in my career."

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