World Champs proved London 2012 will be tough
11th August 2011 - Metro
Stepping off the plane into the humidity of Japan, it’s fair to say the majority of Team GB felt marginally drunk, disorientated and ever so slightly delirious.
Arriving after a journey totalling 20 hours, during which most of us hadn’t slept as the in-flight entertainment provided a decent selection of new-release movies, we arrived at our destination and, after a quick lunch, headed straight to the pool.
Our week in Osaka was spent resting and recuperating, as well as enjoying local delicacies. The Wagyu beef rolls were especially good
I don’t think I was the only one struggling to keep my eyes open behind my goggles but orientation was essential.
Our week in Osaka was spent resting and recuperating, as well as enjoying local delicacies. The Wagyu beef rolls were especially good.
The team had plenty of free time due to our massively reduced training schedule.
After a week in Japan, we were ready to fly on to China for the World Championships, although for a while repeated typhoon warnings had team managers and organisers panicking slightly.
Then for the championships. Surpassed only by the Olympics in terms of status in the swimming world, they were guaranteed to be an incredible display of swimming and didn’t disappoint.