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By David Davies

As he used to be carried off on a stretcher on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Welsh swimmer David Davies was once celebrating his good fortune. His onerous functionality within the first ever 10 km open water race earned him a silver medal and, extra importantly, a spot in British swimming historical past. yet what was once working although his head as he collapsed from the actual exhaustion of finishing the Olympics' so much gruelling swimming race?

This is David's personal tale. the story of the way a regular schoolboy from Barry made the swimming global sit up straight and take observe. He talks approximately his selection and force and his lifestyles either out and in of the water.

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The easiest factor approximately that assembly was once that i used to be voted ‘Best Newcomer’ via the eu swimming media, and acquired an award. i used to be on cloud 9 and while I back domestic i used to be humming from the entire adventure. Now i wished increasingly more. bankruptcy 5 overseas luck After Riesa, the objective used to be the British Championships back, which additionally doubled up as trials for the realm Championships. The qualifying criteria have been beautiful stiff and it was once going to be the 1st assembly the place i really had a formal senior swimmers’ ‘taper’. (A ‘taper’ is a slow-down in education. I’ll clarify competently what it truly is later within the booklet. ) I knew i'd be racing Graeme Smith back. We’d develop into giant competitors in a short time due to my quick ascent. We had 3 completely epic races within the four hundred metres freestyle besides Adam Faulkner. all of us swam very with reference to one another within the four hundred metres and that i took 3 seconds off my top there, completing in 3 mins fifty-one seconds. Graeme received it in 3 mins forty-nine and Adam used to be moment in 3 mins fifty. within the 1500 metres I dropped twelve seconds to clock fifteen mins 5 seconds and Graeme simply beat me by means of a couple of tenths of a moment. It used to be a truly shut race; we have been neck and neck the total method. occasionally he may side forward after which i might side forward. He attempted to damage me and that i may attempt to do an identical to him yet his event and that bit extra energy on the finish intended that he simply beat me to touch. I didn’t quite recognize him that good at the moment, yet he came upon and gave me a massive hug on the finish. Graeme knew that it used to be a really specific swim for me and he was once chuffed simply because he had proven a few shape, which he hadn’t performed on the finish of 2002. We have been reliable for every different. He was once on the again finish of his profession and that i used to be beginning mine, so it was once excellent timing. And, most significantly, I’d certified for the realm Championships. I had regularly anticipated to, however the task was once performed and now i'll get on with it. We additionally raced the 800 metres freestyle that yr, which was once live to tell the tale BBC tv. Graeme simply beat me back and the race was once similar to the 1500. I take note Sharron Davies, a silver medallist from the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, who used to be doing the interviews, announcing: “Well, there’s the outdated Scottish braveheart simply touching out the Welsh pretender, yet I don’t imagine he’ll be pretending much longer – he’s a true famous person to appear out for. ” That comment made the entire those that watched it again domestic, and my pals who don’t often watch swimming say such things as, “Actually, Dave, you’re no longer undesirable at swimming, are you? ” that they had been winding me up for years, announcing such things as, “You simply placed a couple of trunks on and run round poolside enjoying games”. yet I’d proved that I labored not easy, they usually began to comprehend and recognize what I did. besides the fact that, i used to be nonetheless merely eighteen and likewise had A degrees to do in school. I got here away with an ‘A’ and ‘B’s in heritage, Welsh as a moment language, and actual schooling. I additionally controlled to accomplish a sixty in step with cent attendance checklist even supposing i used to be away much swimming and informed a lot.

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