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DAVIES’ SEARCH FOR SWANSEA SWIM SUCCESS

10 Jun 2005

Britain’s elite swimmers looking to secure a place on the national team bound for this summer’s World Championships will go head-to-head in Swansea (17th to 19th June) for the final chance of realising their dreams.

Welshman David Davies holds his Athens Olympic medalThe Wales National Pool will host the last opportunity for Britain’s swimmers to qualify for the World Championships to be held in Montreal, Canada in July.

Olympic medallist David Davies, 20 from Cardiff, will be in action alongside World Champions James Gibson (Loughborough University) and Katy Sexton (Portsmouth Northsea).

David’s achievements were built upon strong foundations, laid by hour upon hour of rigorous training at the National Pool in Swansea. The £10.7 million building – which received significant funding from the Sports Council for Wales – formed a significant part of David’s preparations for his 2004 Athens success.

A group of 10 swimmers achieved the qualifying standard at the British Championships in March but many more will be looking to join the team in Swansea following three months of intense preparation both at home and overseas.

Qualification to the World Championship squad is based on a swimmer posting a time for their event equal to or better than a top 10 in the world ranking in the Olympic events while non-Olympic events will need a top six world-ranked swim.

For Davies, who achieved a qualification time for the 1500m Freestyle in March, Swansea will provide the first opportunity to compete on home soil against the best of the rest of British Swimming’s talent since winning his Olympic bronze.

"I’ll be looking for some good performances from myself," explained Davies, "and to undergo some race practice ahead of the World Championships.

"I want to be swimming faster than I was at the trials in March to try to get a better entry time in the 1500m Freestyle. However, I’ve been in heavy training and I won’t be resting before the meet.

"It’s going to be great swimming in front of a home crowd, my family and friends. I’ve been training overseas for a long time so it will be nice to be back at home competing in the pool that I train in every day."

Davies’ priority rests firmly on the 1500m but he has also entered the 400m event and will be looking to qualify for the shorter distance to give himself an additional swim in Montreal.