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Tancock targets another Olympic cycle

2nd October 2012

World champion Liam Tancock insists he’s determined to remain at the top of the sport for another Olympic cycle.

The 50m Backstroke world record holder competed at his second Olympic Games in London this summer, reaching his third and fourth career Olympic finals and achieving his best individual result of fifth in the 100m Backstroke.

Four more years is a lot more hard work, training and dedication but I love the sport.

Tancock went on to help the 4x100m Medley Relay quartet secure their best result since 1980 in finishing fourth on the final day.

And while he will be 31 when the Rio Olympics come round in 2016, Tancock is adamant he wants to compete at a third Games.

“I look at it as four more years time – that’s a lot more hard work, training and dedication but I love the sport,” said Tancock.

“I want to succeed and I want to push my body to the limit.

“I’m not looking any further than Rio – that will be my last meet. But I’m going to give it absolutely everything to get there.”

While Rio may be Tancock’s ultimate, long-term goal, the Brit admits there is much to look forward to in the interim.

The defence of his world title will come first in Barcelona next year but Tancock admits the 2014 Commonwealth Games – where he will go for a third consecutive 100m Backstroke crown – in Glasgow could be an experience akin to London 2012.

“If you break it down in the years before then, we’ve got the World Championships next year in Barcelona, then the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014,” said Tancock.

“So there’s another home Games for everyone and I think everyone’s going to get pretty excited about that.

“They’ve released the mascot Clyde now and it should be quite an amazing experience and there are a few great things to look forward to in these next few years.”

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