Swain now plotting a path to 2012 Olympics gold
PLOTTING how to win gold at the 2012 London Olympics is what WGC diver Ben Swain and his 3m synchro partner Nick Robinson-Baker will do when they return from the Beijing Games. Swain, a former Monk s Walk School pupil, and Robinson-Baker finished seventh
PLOTTING how to win gold at the 2012 London Olympics is what WGC diver Ben Swain and his 3m synchro partner Nick Robinson-Baker will do when they return from the Beijing Games.
Swain, a former Monk's Walk School pupil, and Robinson-Baker finished seventh out of eight in their final at the Water Cube.
Despite their position, which was just 12 points away from bronze, the duo showed flashes of brilliance to prove they are world class competitors.
Speaking to the BBC after his debut at the Olympics, Ben, whose family live in Welwyn, was clearly overwhelmed with what he had achieved.
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He said: "I was just so excited that I was at the Olympic Games with one of my best friends (Robinson-Baker) diving. It's been an incredible day and an absolute emotional rollercoaster."
The experience has clearly given the pair a hunger for more and they will aim to medal at the London Games in four years' time.
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"As soon as we get back we will take some time off and the first thing we are going to do is to set a plan for 2012 and how we can win a gold medal there hopefully," added Swain.
The Brits, when on their own turf, will be hoping to replicate the outstanding display of the Chinese pair, Wang Feng and Qin Kai, who ran away with the gold medal in their home country.
Swain added: "The Chinese are in a different league at the moment.
"With the home crowd behind them, everybody else is vying for two medals.
"Nick and I have had a great competition. The score wasn't what we wanted, it could have been higher but this is our first Olympic Games.
"We have learned a lot and will take this experience on to 2012."
Ben's Games are not yet over as he will be competing in the men's 3m springboard on Monday.