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Storming finish for Fogg in London

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10th August 2012

Daniel Fogg produced one of the standout swims of the Olympic Games for Team GB as he exceeded expectations to finish fifth in the 10km Marathon in the Serpentine in Hyde Park.

Making his Olympic debut at London 2012, the 24-year old was lying 22nd after four laps of the six-lap event but stormed back through the field in the final 3km to finish fifth in 1:50:37.3.

When I finished I didn’t know where I’d come and I’m really happy with fifth – it’s probably higher than I thought I would finish.

Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli won gold in 1:49:55.1 ahead of Germany’s Thomas Lurz (1:49:58.5) and Canada’s Richard Weinberger (1:50:00.3).

But having failed to finish in the top 10 at last year’s World Championships or 2010’s European Champs, Fogg insisted he could have no complaints with his performance in London.

“I had a really good start and I was really happy with how it was going,” said Fogg, who also made the 1500m Freestyle final in the pool earlier in the week, finishing eighth.

“I backed off a bit in the middle and found myself towards the back. I think there was a breakaway which I couldn’t see because I was too far back.

“So it was just a case of trying to take the person in front of me, then again and put the hammer down for the last lap.

“When I finished I didn’t know where I’d come and I’m really happy with fifth – it’s probably higher than I thought I would finish.”

Having led out the race, completing the first lap in third behind Weinberger and Mellouli, the British swimmer was tracking the leaders in sixth at the half-way point.

Fogg slipped back into the pack during the fourth lap, falling to 22nd as the field spread out.

But with two laps remaining, the Brit turned on the afterburners, clocking his fastest lap of 18:01.5 then ducking under that for his final rotation, charging his way up the leaderboard with a 17:53.9 final lap.

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