Fogg guns for double duty

Daniel Fogg admits he couldn't have asked for more from his start to the Olympic year, however his happiness won't be completed until he's preparing for two swims this summer.


Fogg booked his place at this summer's Olympics in style at the British Gas Championships in London in March, breaking a 21-year-old English record to win 1500m freestyle gold.

The 24-year-old clocked a time of 14:55.30minutes to better the mark set by Ian Wilson back in 1991 by over eight seconds and become only the third Brit to duck under 15 minutes.

Not only did it secure Fogg a return to London in the summer but it also saw him earn a shot at booking a 10km open water spot at the Olympic qualifier in Portugal in June.

It won't be easy with Olympic 10km open water silver medalist David Davies, one of the other Brits to have broken the 15-minute barrier, being rewarded in the same way for his second-place finish.

Only one can qualify though and in order to do so they must first finish in the top nine with whomever is highest after that earning selection, and Fogg is determined for it to be him.

"I couldn't have been happier with the performances that I put in at the British Gas Championships. You have expectations and goals going into meets and I surpassed all of them," said Fogg.

"I couldn't have been happier with my races and how they went and the times I posted. Now I have got the open water qualifier coming up in the middle of June and so my focus turns towards that.

"I will be working to get my fitness back in training and I will have a little rest before the event so that I am going into it in peak condition for racing and to swim well and hopefully qualify for the 10km.

"After that it will be refocusing on the pool again as well as the open water hopefully for the Games. It sounds like there is still quite a lot of time to go until the Games but it is just going to fly by.

"They are just around the corner and every day has to be focused and you can't really waste a day from here on in. You have to make it count to give yourself the best opportunity to swim well at the Games."

Fogg was back at the Olympic Aquatics Centre at the start of the month for British Swimming's annual national squad camp - joining the 37 other qualified swimmers in the capital.

And whether he adds an additional swim to his event schedule or not, Fogg is adamant the experience of being together as a team will stay with him right up until the Games.

"The whole team doesn't get together very often, so when we do it is a really great opportunity to build on our bond and relationships as swimmers," he added.

"The camp we've just been on was really good for that and moving on to the Olympics everyone will go back to their training base with it in their minds.

"When I was young and swimming everyone wanted to reach the Olympics. That was the goal, the dream and for it come around now and it be a home Olympics it is not even a once in a lifetime chance, it is less than that."

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