David Davies Has To Fight The Fogg In The Open Water

David Davies Has To Fight The Fogg In The Open Water

Keri-Anne Payne is the overwhelming favorite for the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics marathon swim, but it is still unknown who her male counterpart will be. While David Davies would have seem the odds-on favorite based on his silver medal performance at the 2008 Olympics, despite having the shallowest of race experience in Bejing, times have changed.

Or perhaps not?

David (shown below) has been fighting back to get in shape to take on the top swimmers in the 1500m freestyle and the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim. But it has been a long slog back.

This weekend, he qualified for his third Olympic team by finishing second to his British rival Daniel Fogg (shown above) who beat him 14:55 to 15:00. “It was a very, very tough race but I’m delighted to be on the team,” said David. “A couple of months ago, I never would have thought I’d be able to put in a performance like that so I’m glad to be back in the competitive environment and elated to be on the team.”

While Daniel swam an inspired race to earn a spot to his first Olympics. “Dave is a great athlete and I knew he would be in with a great shout of making that time as well but I just had to concentrate on my own swim tonight. It was just a matter of getting in and concentrating on my own race and doing what I wanted to do.”

But now the eyes of British Swimming are turning to Portugal where there will essentially be a swim-off between David and Daniel. While in 2008, David was Goliath in the sport, the tables have turned and Daniel looks to have the edge. But the race within a race at the second Olympic 10K Marathon Swim qualifier in Portugal in June will be something to see.

Whoever finishes ahead of the other will book a second entry at the 2012 London Olympic Games. “I have mixed emotions, I didn’t know what to expect,” said David. “I have hit my goal for the week. I’m going to my third Olympics and I’m so happy to say that. Unfortunately only one of us can go in the open water but I’m happy to have the chance to give it a go.”

On their marks, David and Daniel will certainly give it a go in Portugal.

Stay tuned.

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