London 2012: Welsh swimmer Ieuan Lloyd gearing up for Olympic bow
AFTER sweeping the board at junior level last year, Penarth swimmer Ieuan Lloyd is gearing up for his Olympic bow at London 2012 this summer, insisting he’d be ready to rumble if the Games started tomorrow.
The 18-year-old has burst onto the senior scene after double gold at the European Junior Championships and five medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games last year.
At last month’s British Gas Championships, Lloyd clocked personal best after personal best to secure an Olympic spot in the 4x200m freestyle and he could yet seal an individual 400m place at the ASA Nationals in June.
And, while the majority of his teammates put their feet up for a few weeks after the British Gas Championships, Lloyd revealed he was straight back in the pool – and will be until the London 2012 curtain is raised.
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“At the British Gas Championships I performed outstandingly,” said Lloyd. “I got a two or three second personal best in all my races.
“I was going in as an underdog being only 18 but I knew I had a chance of qualifying if I could do some big personal bests and I managed to do that so I’m over the moon.
“I got back into the pool pretty soon after the trials because I didn’t want to lose any fitness and so I’m in pretty good shape at the moment.
“I’m going to keep training hard now and I’ve got a lot of work to do but I’m aiming for the second trials now.
“Hopefully I can get an individual spot for the 400m freestyle so I’ll have a small rest before the second trials but it’s pretty much hardcore now until the Games.”
Lloyd shares a training pool with double Olympic medallist David Davies who hasn’t been shy in dishing out the tips to the budding swimmer – something he is eternally grateful for.
And, while Lloyd has every intention of pushing for an individual spot at London 2012, even if it interrupts his relay preparation, he’s adamant he will be a human sponge this summer.
“Any Olympics is a great achievement and this is my first one, hopefully I can get to the next one as well,” he added.
“I want to learn loads from this one and hopefully I can gain a lot of things from it and use it for the future.
“It’s obviously special being a home Games and hopefully the crowd support will help me get into the final and get me to produce great swims.
“I have been training with David Davies in Cardiff and he’s a great teammate for me and he gives me some good advice.
“I just knew I had to put in a good performance at the trials and I was able to do that.”
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