Hatfield swimmer Charlesworth comes seventh in Olympic heat

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

Richard Charlesworth at the Beijing Olympic Games

Richard Charlesworth at the Beijing Olympic Games

HATFIELD swimming club athlete Richard Charlesworth finished seventh in heat three of the 1,500m freestyle at the Beijing Olympics. In his first Games the teenager was in one of the quickest heats over the distance but did not qualify for the final. The

HATFIELD swimming club athlete Richard Charlesworth finished seventh in heat three of the 1,500m freestyle at the Beijing Olympics.

In his first Games the teenager was in one of the quickest heats over the distance but did not qualify for the final.

The 19-year-old's GB team mate David Davies came third in the same heat and qualified for the final in 14 mins 46.11 secs.

Charlesworth's time of 15 mins 17.27 secs was outside his best.

Speaking to the BBC after his swim he said: "It was always going to be hard with the four guys in the middle. It was a fast race and I knew I had to go out quickly."

The WH Times columnist has always said his main aim was to make the GB squad for the London 2012 Games, so the experience of China will stand him in good stead.

"This is my first Olympics and I wasn't sure what to expect, I'm not overly happy with my time but for me it's all about the experience," he added.

Gold medal favourite for the 1,500m freestyle is Australian Grant Hackett.

In heat five he showed his class by setting a new Olympic record of 14 mins 38.92 secs.

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