Mark Hemmings, Sports editor
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
HATFIELD Swimming Club’s Adam Brown will compete in the 50m Freestyle at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Brown, who trains at Hertfordshire Sports Village, won the 50m Freestyle title in 22.36secs at the ASA National Championships in Sheffield last weekend.
He had already secured a place in Team GB in the 4x100m relay squad, but has now had his spot in the individual 50m confirmed.
He told the WHT on Monday, “I’m really happy. I didn’t get the Fina A time as I was planning too, but I knew there was a chance they would take the fastest swimmer, so I’m really happy to have been selected.
“There’s just five weeks to go now until the Games, it’s crazy how quickly the time has gone, it’s getting really real now.”
The 2008 Beijing Olympian had been studying and training at Auburn University in America.
At the tail end of last year he decided to return to the UK to fully focus his attentions on making the Great British team for his home games and put the studying to one side.
He said: “I’ve been back training in Hatfield for eight months, my goal for when I came back was qualify for the individual and relay and I have done that.”
The 23-year-old was full of praise for his support network.
“Nick [Juba, Hatfield Swimming Club coach] has done a wonderful job with me, as has my strength and conditioning coach Tony Sephton and physio Nicky Combarro at Bodybalance,” he said.
“Without them it would have been hard, with all their help and expertise we have done it together as a team, I’m really thankful to them.
“I’m hoping I can push on now and make the semi-finals or even final in the individual and help the relay team to the final.”
Having performed at the London Aquatics Centre in March, Brown has experience of the Olympic Games swimming venue.
He added: “I swam at the Aquatics Centre in March in the first set of trials.
“For the Olympics there will be 17,500 people in there.
“It will be a tough one to prepare for, but with the British fans supporting the team hopefully it will spur us on.”