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SWIMMER DAVID IS GOING TO ATHENS!

13 Apr 2004

David Davies has been officially named in the British Olympic swimming squad after qualifying in style this weekend.

A stunning sub-15 minute swim - which saw him top the table as the fastest

British swimmer ever with a time of 14:57.93 seconds – secured the 19-year-old’s place on the plane to Athens.

After a quick start, Davies kept up his energetic pace to gain a healthy gap between himself and second-placed Graeme Smith of Stockport Metro, who finished in 15:11.81 and was also within the Olympic qualifying standard.

Davies was over-awed by the result:

"My main aim was to make the qualifying time but to get the record is just a

bonus," he said. "I can’t explain how it feels – it’s just awesome.

"I didn’t have a clue how fast I was going. The crowd was going mental, but

I didn’t know if that was because of the qualifying time or because of the

record."

Having completed his A-levels last year, Davies is taking a break before going to University in order to focus on his swimming. He is coached by Dave Haller – the man behind supertalents David Wilkie, Duncan Goodhew and Jimmy Carter and trains in Cardiff and at the new Wales National Pool, Swansea.

UK Swimming’s National Performance Director Bill Sweetenham has described the Barry teenager as "an outstanding talent".