Clare Balding is joined by Mark Foster for coverage of the swimming programme at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai. Four more world champions will be crowned.
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And this will it be the theatre of the 2012 Olympics. Or we are in the
Olympic Park. The beautiful curved roof has given it the nickname of
the stingrays. The capacity will be 17,500 people but it can be reduced
because of the yellow sections will come out and that will leave a
capacity of 2,500. The whole thing will be left open for the community.
It is the most beautiful scene. It makes you want to dive in. He had
the diving pool and the diving platform where Tom Daley will make
the first official dive. The opening ceremony is exactly one
year from today. For the next two hours we will be here and having
interviews with the Beijing silver medallists and bringing new all of
the highlights from the World Championships in Shanghai. -- are
bringing new. Michael Phelps has not won a gold
for yet but this is his event. He goes for a title number five.
Frederica Pellegrini won gold at the last world championships and
she defends her title this afternoon. Jemma Spoforth has had a
disappointing week. With me here is Mark Foster. You
will be diving into this pool later? It will be the first
official race. There will be lots of other swimmers in there. It will
be a fun race. He wants to make sure you set the record? I hope so.
25 years will have gone down the drain if not. I saw you in a bikini
earlier. You made the first tile here, one of the first trials.
was about the -- about a year ago. I have done when a fitting before
and this was my first attempt at tiling. I can fix any problem in
the bathroom. If there is a leak they might be coming to knock at my
door a. What do you make of this as a venue? I think it is wonderful.
The big thing for me was standing there and seeing the wings go up. I
think, as a home athlete knowing that 16,000 people will be
supporting me, what is coming up is going to be unbelievably special
for everybody. Home Games are fantastic. It must make you wish
that you could have home -- held arm. I would have loved to have
done that. At the end of my career, I competed for 23 years, and the
most important ones were the ones at home. When you are young you
want to travel and go to Australia and America but at the end of my
career I wanted to stay home so my friends and family could come and
watch. It is a convert. It is going to be sensational. -- it is a
comfort. He do you expect to be standing here in one year? I think
Michael Phelps will be there. I also think we will see thought back.
-- Ian Thorpe. Of course Rebecca Adlington. That will be very
exciting. Michael Phelps did such an extraordinary thing in Beijing
and won eight gold medals. When you have been that high it is very hard
four years later to motivate yourself. When he went for six in
Athens, that was the thing that drove him to go for eight medals.
It was a butterfly finish at the end. America should have won in the
relay. He has done six and he has done eight and he will not go for
any more. 14 Olympic medals, where does the motivation come from? If
he needs any motivation, he has been beaten, and he will come back
stronger than before. We will see Michael Phelps not too far off in
the final of the 200m butterfly, which is his event. He needs to
prove himself. To make the decision to come back is a huge risk. This
is what will shock me. I did this because I loved it and I enjoyed it
and being a sportsman is the best thing in the war. -- in the world.
Ian Thorpe went on to the Olympic Games and won three gold medals and
then won medals in Athens as well. He maintained his title and won
again. He did not have anything to prove. His big race was in Athens
at the age of 21 but I have always wondered how much more he could
have done. He walked away before it was too late. But he always loves
coming to London and I think that has spurred him. We will have more
discussions about that in one year. In turns of events in Shanghai, we
have the 100m coming up. We have been talking a lot about Cesar
Cielo Filho. There is a mixed feeling about his emotional win. He
has tested positive for a banned substance. There are two trains of
thought. I think when the world governing body and the world giving
system make a policy where if you test positive for something that is
it, I think the onus is on the athletes themselves. What they put
on their body is up to them. If it has got a simulant in it you will
lose weight and you should get it checked out. I am not saying that
he cheated deliberately but he should have been more careful. He
is not a schoolboy's winner. There is a mixed feeling and I think it
will be interesting to see what is going to happen in the next few
days. -- schoolboy a swimmer. freestyle. We can see that the
champion Cesar Cielo Filho is in five. The slowest of the qualifiers,
James Roberts of Australia. The slowest but he has a gold medal
already. He had a stunning race recently. The gold medal on the 400
freestyle, tied one Park. -- Park Tae-Hwan. Nikita Lobinstev wine
five years ago and he is back again. This chap from South Africa for
trains over in the States. Now we have any in Adrian from the USA. He
is a champion at the 100m freestyle. Now here is the fastest man in
water in history, Cesar Cielo Filho. The world record holder in the 150
but not the fastest qualifier because James Magnussen did that in
fine form. 47.49. We know that he has got 0.07 for sure. Michael
Phelps is doing a lead off against him. He said he was excited to see
such exciting talent coming through at such a young age. He beat Phelps
by half a second, I believe. first indication that Michael
Phelps may not be on top form in freestyle has gotten under way. The
Olympic champion and the world champion. Cesar Cielo Filho is in
the black cap. We expected him out very quickly. 4th fate looks like
lane set for -- lane six will turn quickly. Nowhere near a world
record. I am not surprised that he looks so good. The world record
holder does have some work to do. He takes eight, 47.9. James
Magnussen takes it. Adrian takes second and the world record holder
in third. We have seen some really on his staff here. James Magnussen
was very slow for the first five metres. He is going to have to work
on that. He came back very strongly. Had a lot left in his tank. Here he
is just teaching -- touching out Adrian. He swam fantastically on
the relay. James Magnussen has won the first semi-final. Adrian is in
second and Cesar Cielo Filho in third. The second semi-final is
really stacked. It will be difficult to choose this one. We
have a grammar more in lane two. Five and six will be capable of
this semi-final. The French pride themselves on sprint but they have
not delivered. Silver, silver everywhere. Here is the lowest seed
for this second semi-final. Now we have the young at 21-year-old
Italian who is a world junior champion. We have a tie for the
gold medal. This chap did it and he is in 7th. The South African is out
unbelievably quick this morning. The swimmer from Holland has a
lifetime best to qualify. Anything is possible after a slightly slower
heat. We have the second Frenchman there. Relatively slow said this
will be interesting. The two French guys will pull each other on. We
have the younger of the two. He is a couple years older. An intense
time in 2007 but he's not really been on form since then. War macro
years is quite a while not have Africa was moving a little bit. We
have to see whether the start of thought he was moving or not. If he
was, he will be disqualified at the end of the race. He got a great
from the bottom, he looks pretty good. Heavens above, who's going to
get this one? If they can go under 48 they are going to get through.
They are very slow again. This is going to be really tight to make
the final. Some big guns are going to miss out. Meynard won it. Hayden
was second. Magnini was 7th. But he was only a 10th behind third.
took sub 49 to make these semi- finals. 48.99 the last one in. 16
men under 49. A pretty much done similar sort of times. -- they've
pretty much done similar sorts of times. There's not much room for
error. Even in the heats, these guys know they have to put in fast
times and they are not improving Very disappointing that Simon
Burnett and Adam Brown on not in the semi-finals. I'll discuss that
with Mark Foster. They are testing everything today, and we've had
swimmers in the pool from the local Newham at swimming group. That's
the borough we are in. In the diving pool we've got the
synchronised swimming British team doing a demonstration. It's very
noisy. Simon Bennett interestingly said, he was a silver medallist at
the Commonwealth Games at this distance, he said the death of the
field at the World Championships is a much stronger than it has been in
past years. What's happening is the Times, take the suits out of the
way, the Times aren't getting faster at the top. It's getting
faster but by tiny amounts. Everyone is squeezing up at the top.
If you look back at the Commonwealth Games last year, his
time would have just been outside the final, but it would have made
him through to the semi-finals. This morning he was 25th. He was
talking about the depth, those 25 people. It is tight but he's just
got to be performing at his best in the morning to make the next round.
Let's move on to the women's 50 metre backstroke semi-finals. You
will see Gemma Spofforth and George Franklin of the USA, I think she
just got it. Very close indeed. Franklin came back very fast. I was
getting a bit worried, might call was miles out. She was 7th until
The underwater is so fast. All the strokes, the fly kicks. Although
breaststroke is the one where you are not allowed to do a lot of them,
London. There is Phelps. He's not in the second semi-final of the
women's 50 backstroke. I'm not quite sure why Chinese TV is
showing that. He is taking on two Chinese. Peng Wu has beaten him
twice in America on his home soil. There is a big expectation for Peng
Wu. I don't know, Phelps can't let too many slip away, can he? Well,
it's the evening of day four and Michael Phelps has not yet won a
gold medal. We are halfway through I'll, that's Georgia Davies.
Georgia Davies in lane two. She looked very good in the heats.
Pelton, just 17 years old. The third fastest qualifier for this
Championships in Rome and a silver six years ago. She is quick, but
whether she's going to be quick here or not... Wait and see.
Herasimenia in six. Drakou of Greece in seven. Then Gemma
Spofforth. We haven't seen the best of her, she's had a tough year.
Absolutely. It was suggested she was ill last weekend, I'm not sure
what that is. She's obviously not on top form. She trains with Ryan
Lochte over in Florida. She had a message of support from him
overnight. She's got her work cut to make it through. Zueva of Russia
and the water than I expected there. Really close. On the finish it
looks like a Herasimenia. Zueva got it. It's going to be really tight.
27.88. Then they are all 28.0. Georgia Davies swimming well but
not well enough. What a fantastic shot. Arching their back, head back.
You get those 15 metres of kicking in. Chang Gao is probably going to
the final from that second semi- You are still the world record
holder, one-year today exactly to go. What are your plans? I'm going
back to the States, I'm not taking a break. I'm just going to get fit
again this year. It hasn't gone to plan at all. I can't just blame it
on the food poisoning, that's just one little thing. The rest of the
Earth needs a lot more fine-tuning. I'm going to go back and really get
in shape and look to 2012 was a queue are not the sort of person he
dishes out excuses, but it's been a very hard here. It's in you to go
back and get stuck in to some hard work. We will see you in London.
Definitely. Before the heat this morning I had a lot of decisions. I
was really on the edge as to whether I would quit and not do
this final year. Now it's 100 % commitment and we are coming back
next year. It's fantastic to see you in there. It's great you are
here. Yeah, I didn't expect to be here. I'm really pleased. Although
I'm disappointed with the time I did there, it's all experience.
I've just got to keep motivated and keep training and globally next
year I will be on top form. Last year, you broke internationally
into winning medals. Then there was a fuss of trials where things went
slightly askew. But you got added to the list at the last moment.
Yeah. Things didn't go quite to plan at trials, although we did
some good times. I took that away with me, so I'm really pleased
about that. It's given me confidence. I need to make sure I
don't make silly mistakes and hopefully repeat those times again.
Very strong words from Gemma Spofforth there. I'm delighted to
say that Lord Cole is with me here, looking down on this glorious venue.
-- Lord Coe. It's extraordinary. Everyone is reacting very
positively. Yes, they are. The competitors and the young kids from
the Newham swimming club. Historically, they will always be
able to say they were the first competitors in the pool. It's an
extraordinary story. I'm really proud today because so many things
have happened in this area, so many things have happened in this
borough. But sport is at the heart of it. I guess for those of us, you
know what I'm saying here, for those of us that had been in sport
all our lives, it's just a great demonstration of what sport can do.
You actually sound and look very emotional. We start about seven
years ago. Three of us all sitting in the pub thinking, it's quite a
nice thing to think about. You end up with an organisation of 6000
people. But along the way you leave things like this. It just seems
right today. As an athlete, you will have all been about preparing
for the big event and giving yourself a timetable. What happens
in this role for you in the next year? I guess you can take the man
out of competition but you never take the athlete out of the life of.
For me, it's now about making sure this really works for the
competitors. Every time you see a young swimmer in a pool, you know
that they've spent half their young lives getting there. So this has
got to work. Its testing and testing. Just making sure that at
the end of the competition they may be able to turn to me and say, I
didn't have the greatest competition, I didn't have the
greatest Olympics, but there's nothing that you guys did other
than to help me perform at the highest level. For me, that's why
we get up in the morning. Tom Daley is going to do the first official
dive from that ten-metre platform later today. That is as huge height
when you stand below it. It is when you stand up there - have you been
up there? It's like most things in sport. When you get really close up
to it is extraordinary what he does off that height. It is amazing. You
will allow him as much access as he needs some people get very familiar
with it? Yes. Will he get his own key to the place? We might even
name it after him if he wins! would be absolutely worthwhile. We
genuinely cant see it in your face, the motion that this inspires. And
very different to be inspired by a place rather than by a sporting
event. It must be really... This is a very different experience for you.
Yes, it is. As I said, seven years ago we were standing on a parcel of
land that was contaminated, rivers that were filthy. An area that had
been neglected for far too long. It probably shouldn't have taken the
Olympic Games to have done that, if we are being honest, but it has.
Once the games have gone and the wings disappear, we are left with a
fantastic community facility, but a facility that I hope stages world
swimming championships, European swimming championships in years to
It is amazing to see all of the photographers that have assembled
by the side of the pool. But it is about the competition and it does
not matter if you have world titles galore, nothing can compare to
having an Olympics in your own country. A year to go until 2012.
Everyone wants the chance to compete at a home Olympics. When
you dream about it it gives you goose bumps. It is a special moment.
It is pretty exciting to think what could happen. It is amazing and
exciting. It is not too far away. If I qualify for the Olympics and
then I will be the most happy girl on the plastic -- planet. I can do
myself proud now. I am thinking about winning, desire, passion and
motivation. Good to start in one piece. I got a silver medal in
Athens. I can only imagine what getting a gold will feel like.
win a gold medal on home waters would be an incredible achievement.
So will really excited and still really loving the journey. It is
just a privileged to be able to do this again. When you say a year to
go, I think you get a slight rush of adrenalin, and you think, bring
it on. I think that we just need to go out there and enjoy it and do
what we do best. Absolutely fantastic. I cannot wait until the
Olympics come to our shores. Cool, tingly. You heard that Jemma
Spoforth was feeling really bad about herself. She was thinking
about walking away from the sport altogether but she felt that she
was too good to walk away. She has got a lot of people around her
saying that, at two years ago, she was four seconds faster, that does
not go away. Her mother has died and her dad's girlfriend has died.
These things affect people in different ways. Her mind that is
probably different. She is coming from a low and getting back. She
came from nowhere to be a world champion and she has to use that
drive. She will be here and I have no doubt that she will be one of
the people standing on a podium. hope so. Every athlete goes through
these horrible low points of but to have it happens so public a --
publicly. Some people have injuries and operations and never come back.
People expect so much. People expect more and more. They put a
lot of pressure on you and you put pressure on yourself. She is so far
away from home and she is thinking that she should be home. She is
completely distracted away from what she should be doing. She
should be focusing on the water. I think she should come with the team,
the gritters team, they should come into this environment. -- the
British team. We wish her well in her recovery because it is a low
point for her right now. For another swimmer looking for added
motivation is Michael Phelps. He has a bronze medal from the relay
and a silver medal because Ryan Lochte beat him and the 200m
freestyle. Now it is the 200 metres butterfly. Has felt still got what
it takes? We will find out very Michael Phelps is not looking well.
He has got all of his energy stacked up in the final which is
important. We have Takeshi Matsuda in line for next to him. Wu Peng
has been him twice in America. He has a couple of good big guys are
medallist last year. The medals could go to any of these eight
names. I can make a good case for gold on all of them. Here is Chad
le Clos. He has been improving year on year. This guy is the new
European junior champion, the 18- year-old. He looks really good. He
looks like one of those wind-up toys that goes around and around.
Wu Peng, China. Massive ovation. He has based himself in the state now.
Bronze in 2005 and silver in 2007. Here comes Dinko Jukic. He has got
to step up now. He is right next to the Chinese man in lane two, it is
Michael Phelps. 28 world championship medals. He has won
this race. He won in 2001 and 2003 and 2009. No one in history has won
the same race five times. The second Chinese man, Chen Yin. He
has not been on great form for a while. He missed the final two
years ago. And Japan is very excited about Takeshi Matsuda. What
a chance he has got. A great chance. He is on great form. The ultimate
carrot for this is that he will go to 2012. There is a lot on the line
for him. Not on the scale of Michael Phelps. He came onto the
international scene when he was 15 and impressed everyone so much. He
will find it hard to see himself lose in his signature race but
like a bit of a wounded animal. You do not have that swagger that you
usually see from Michael Phelps. Could someone else be world
the men's 200m butterfly. Michael Phelps gets an absolutely cracking
start. Takeshi Matsuda and is in for. He is close to Phelps. He is
half a metre down on the start. was thinking that this morning. He
is a lot smaller. He does not quite have the power under what are that
Phelps has. Takeshi Matsuda is going with him. Chad le Clos at the
top. He is having a look over at fops. Takeshi Matsuda F is right on
-- is right on the shoulder of Michael Phelps. Takeshi Matsuda is
a dog at swimming. He will still keep going. That is good. He looks
really good. This is going to be exciting. Michael Phelps goes first
and Takeshi Matsuda second. Chad le Clos is in there. Phelps has gone
reasonably early here. He normally tries to wind it up but he has gone
early. Takeshi Matsuda is going with him. I am worried for Phelps
here. The bronze medal, you have got Dinko Jukic down here. Takeshi
Matsuda is almost neck-and-neck with him. Has he got the training
and fitness? Phelps is looking good. Fells as starting to make a move.
The rest of the field are coming back. -- felt the starting. Else is
tightening up. It looks like Phelps is going to hold on. It is his race.
This is going to be a massive win for Michael Phelps. Five times
world champion in the men's 200 metres butterfly. The first time
anyone has done that in history. There is his mother. She is so
happy. That is not the Michael Phelps we know. Fascinating. He is
not in the best shape. He said that before he came in. He has been
struggling for motivation. Who could blame him? 2000 and was a bit
of a dead year for him. -- 2010. He knows what he has to do. More
training this winter for many a little less. His coach made a
humorous comments earlier. He said that he had a life but now he does
not because he has become a swimmer. I think he is deadly serious about
London. I think he has realised that the world is competitive. He
lost that freestyle with Ryan Lochte and he was talking about the
job he had to do and that he was committed. There is his mum. There
is his sister. I think that maybe his girlfriend as well. Michael
Phelps, for the 5th time, is the champion on the men's 200m
butterfly. It was a toff and classes swim. Wu Peng got the third
So the answer is, yes, he has still got it. Unbelievable determination
from Michael Phelps. I wonder if it was just sheer desire and guts that
got him through. He is not on the top of his game. He was heard by
losing to Ryan Lochte. That was his event. -- he was hurt. That
freestyle was always his number one event. It hurt him and that -- a
lot. Now he knows how it feels. We have seen the human side of him. I
think this year it will be good for him to not have a good year.
coach has been going on about him. He says that he has to stop
scoffing and things and concentrate distractions. He was a superstar
before the Beijing Olympics and then he became an even bigger
superstar. There is a lot of pressure on him from outside
sponsors. America is a big place. You get distracted. You think that
the pool is not everything any more. Now he will get back in and train
incredibly hard. I think he will be dangerous for next year. Now he has
a chance to stand up on the medal podium and here the national anthem
being played for his family and friends who are there for support.
It's very difficult to get interviews with Michael Phelps
after these things, but his reaction to this would have been
really interesting. Because it certainly was not a certainty, even
in the event in which he specialises. Lots of people here
today, among them David Davis, a silver medallist in open water from
Beijing. Your reaction to this place? It's amazing. I walked in
and you feel the buzz when you walk into these venues. I definitely
have that today. It's like a mini camper at the swimming pool. Mark
was saying it would be really motivational for a lot of the
British swimmers to come here and take it in. Absolutely. I walked in
and I definitely thought, this is great, I'd love to be part of it.
Get the work done throughout the winter and hopefully be on the team
next year. This is when it sinks in, what it's going to be like next
year. The options for you would have been 1500m. You could have
gone to Shanghai and swum that, couldn't you? Yeah, I've had a bit
of a tough year and decided to take a break from the pool to put things
right for next year. That's the best thing I've done. Luckily, I've
got another chance at the open water as well. I need to get the
fitness and form back and then swim with a chance here in March next
year to give me the option of going for the pool or open water as well.
Is there an instance where you could do both? A got a qualified
for the open water via the 1500m. I have this won well here in March.
I'd love to do both, I love to be involved with this. But if it makes
sense to us to do the one, that's what I will do. A remember being
there and seen you get out of the water. You will almost delirious
with exhaustion. I was just coming to turns with it then. It's a
really demanding race. It's hard work. At that end it I didn't
really know where I was going. That is what cost me in the end.
Hopefully I can be there in London. I will get more experience on me
and see what happens. What will guide you, the event in which you
have the best chance of getting a medal is the one you can
concentrate on? There's not that much difference between the two. We
do the same training as we do when we were poor swimmers. We just
learn to deal with the different experiences of it all. The
difference is whether you want to put all your eggs in one basket or
whether you will have a go at the poor as well. Are you going to get
a chance to swim in the pool today? I've brought my trunks! I'd love to
have a go. Great to see you here. Good luck. I hope things start to
go well again for you and you recover physically. I'm not
surprised you are exhausted, the amount of lengths he does.
Hopefully he will be here either in the Poor Law in the Serpentine,
which is where the open-water swimming is taking place in a
year's time. A real battle on in the 200 metre freestyle women's
between Federica Pellegrini, of Italy, who is the world champion,
and a young Dutch sprinter who has all speed on her side, but can she
slammer great heat, but if she can rub peaked this when she did in the
heats, anything can happen there. She trains with Michael Phelps,
Pottermore. A third North Voldemort Swimming Club swimmer who is
winning in this final session of the world championships this
evening. Michael Phelps is one of the others as well, it's not too
bad! The 17-year-old German, Lippok, in one. Barratt of Australia. Only
10 at the Commonwealth Games, but she swam really well in the semis
to make it through here. This is a fascinating one for me. Sarah
Sjoestroem. She is the world record holder on the 100m butterfly. She
swam poorly on that but really looked good on this one. To his
been talking a lot in the interviews about trying to get onto
the 200m freestyle and converting phenomenal form. Tactics are the
only question for me. She got scared at the Olympics by Becky
Adlington into a swimming a very same. The only thing on that, I'm
with you, is at the Olympics she hadn't got a gold medal. That was
her first shop for it and I think she put a lot of pressure on
herself to get the gold. Whereas here, she's already got a gold
medal. The design on her suit is a replica of the tattoo on the side
of her neck, one of seven tattoos she has got. The first one she got
from her parents as a reward for making the world championship team
in Barcelona in 2003 at the age of 14. Would you let your daughter get
five, she goes in as the favourite. She had a very good start.
Heemskerk again, she went off like a shot. She is in the centre in the
black hat. Also going but there is two women have been swimming in
juniors. It's sometimes hard to make the jump from junior to senior.
But Lippok is very strong. Not surprised at shimmied down the
bottom here. Thought she might do write on world record. It looks
like it's going to be a mountain to climb here. This is a huge
difference. This is very unusual for her to let them go away that
gone off a bit too slowly. She went 57.0. She's one-and-a-half seconds
metre or so. Heemskerk is going to be in trouble here. Schmitt is to
interesting. She's working this every single metre, she's taking
more and more. Heemskerk, the wheels have fallen off, there's no
medal for her. She's blown it. Moffat of France in six. Look at
this, what a swim from Pellegrini. She was miles behind at the 100m.
She's won a gold medal. What a great swim it was. One-and-a-half
seconds down at the halfway turn. She's just won the gold medal by
half a second. Huge to swim! Gold medal on the 400m, now gold medal
on the 200m. There are two examples of how to pace a 200m freestyle and
how not to. Pellegrini is a year younger than Heemskerk and
Heemskerk blue that big-time. She smiles more capable than that. What
a mistake. Having the patience to see somebody next to you go off so
quickly and realise that you actually have the capability and
the class to come back on the second 100. That's brilliant. What
do you do when you get the 100 turn and you can see the person's feet
ahead of you on the 200 freestyle? Pellegrini knows what she's doing
and what she's capable of in training. She pulls that face in
the mirror every date. She knows what she is doing. Whereas
Heemskerk, I think she was trying to be brave and Brega but it just
didn't work. There was no energy defend the 200m freestyle champion.
In winning the first 400 freestyle, she's also become the first female
That was the most extraordinary race to watch. Heemskerk leading on
the final turn. She finishes only 7th, and Pellegrini coming back to
win by half a second. It was painful to watch, from her
perspective. I used to swim 100m. perspective. I used to swim 100m.
When you feel the lactate down the last length... You see her going
into the war, 25 metres to go. She still half a second ahead of the
next person in the race. She's swimming in a soup, you were saying
to me. You see her going backwards and backwards. It's a story of two
different races. Heemskerk goes hard on the first 100. Pellegrini,
not so much speed. She comes on the back end. She comes back faster
than she goes out. Heemskerk goes out and tries to hang on. If she
held off a little bit more at the beginning of the race, had time
from the semi-final would have won that final. That's how wrong she
got it tactically. Didn't Pellegrini get it very wrong
against Becky Adlington at the Olympics? So tactically, Pellegrini
has improved at everything. Absolutely. When you want it so
much, there's a fine line dunn macro one I used to swim 50m people
used to go, it's just 50m. I used to tire up with 50m to go.
Noradrenalin is going, you are going at full speed. For those
girls, it's almost like keeping your legs down and then you bring
them in later. Adrenalin, excitement, everything is going on,
do have to calm yourself down and do have to calm yourself down and
take a second. In Longo races it's all about pacing. I remember Colin
Montgomerie, when he was leading at the US Open or the US PGA, in the
final shot he said to his caddie, what do I need? The caddie
recommended a cup, and he said, have you factored in adrenalin? You
can't really study that, as to what it will do to you. Exactly. People
say, don't you get nervous when you stand by the block? I get excited.
Nervous Timmy is scared. I used to get excited about racing but I used
to say to myself, the thing to stop me going to heart was the first
five strokes, relax, relax. I used to count my strokes and build into
which. For her, she's almost got to do the first 100m to keep her legs
down. She was kicking from the Front thinking she would dominate
the race. It went terribly wrong. Or a lot of these people, it's a
year out. It's a long time to put those things right. She's got the
basic mechanics, she will get it right. Sjoestroem keeps coming
fourth. We are moving on to their 800m freestyle, which is all about
pacing and getting it right and not going too soon. The home crowd will
go mad here because the fastest go mad here because the fastest
qualifier for the final was Sun this, for the men. It's not an
Olympic event. The Olympic events of 50, 100, 204 hundred. Then it
like the men and the women to do exactly the same thing. I'm with
you. I think it should be the same. It's an historical thing. You know
what it's like to try and change people in history. It's not easy.
Sun Yang, the best chance is to go out. He does a spot of training
every now and again on the Gold Coast in Australia with Dennis COB
race before, we kind of thought the race would be down two, 3, four and
whether PoW Johnson could hang on. Cochran is the one for me. He's
doing quite well. This is interesting. Ryan Cochrane not
always at the front. He's got a spidery stroke. He's tough, he will
Dakin. But, for me, I don't know, I think Sun Yang has got a good
finish as well. It's one of those where we thought the race looked
like it at the top of the pool, which it is, but they are not
really shining. Mellouli is not as fast as I thought he would be.
Mellouli comes back very hard, Mellouli, Lane two, two from the
left-hand side in the black hat. If Mellouli has got the finish that we
think he has, and it's not just the finish, it's the whole of the
second half of the race, he's reasonably well placed at the
moment. They are exactly what I thought they would be. Ryan
Cochrane normally attracts them. That's what he's doing. Mellouli,
very dangerous. I'm not quite sure of the sprinter's speed of Sun Yang,
the leader. If he's got the sprint, well, if he's leading, he's got a
Asian Games and the 200 free. He got the silver in the 400 free. He
has something in him from last year. He has had a more sprint training.
He is trying to go along without it being a to training on him. He has
just got to get a little bit more and step the pace up. The gap is
just opening up between him and Ryan Cochrane. It really is opening
up a. It is about 30 centimetres or 50 centimetres. Ryan Cochrane is
now going towards him. A smooth stroke. Look at the stretch. If you
look at Ryan Cochrane's head, you can see his hair. Sun Yang just
digs in break in. -- digs it right in. Sun a gang of China has led
from the start but only just. -- Sun Yang. Sun Yang is leading and
Ryan Cochrane is just one of lane starting to make his move. Look at
the kicks off the wall. There is still a feel of cat and mouse to
this race. This is not done. I think Sun Yang needs a little bit
more. It is not enough to be comfortable. Ryan Cochrane is a
bigger threat. Ryan Cochrane is a Dyfed competitor and he will not
give in on this one. There is not a lot of significance sprinting going
on and there should have been. -- significant. It is Ryan Cochrane
who is really doing something at the moment. Sun Yang was ahead at
the last turn. Let's see the kick off the wall. A big kick from Ryan
Cochrane. It suggests that he still has something in him. I wonder if
he is just seeing how much he is getting away with before he has to
turn it on. The position of his head is a very low indeed. La Hogue,
he has picked his head up. -- Lock, he has picked his head up. This is
very interesting. Sun Yang is just starting to use his legs properly
and he is starting to swim away. Ryan Cochrane needs to react very
quickly. It looks like lane to is coming back very hard in the second
half of the race but he could lose the bronze medal Eddie is not
Look at that stroke. He has got some left in him. Sun Yang looks
very powerful. There is the bell. Two lengths to go. 100 metres to go.
Sun Yang has gone to his lengths -- legs. He is going for it. He is
swimming away and it looks wonderful. Ryan Cochrane is trying
to stay with him. I think it will be in vain. Let's see what happens
in the last turn. This crowd are going to go absolutely Batty. 50
metres to go. They are all standing up. Hugely impressive. All the
spectators are standing on their feet. They are roaring him on. What
a fantastic swim. This is superb. What a fantastic display of
freestyle swimming. He is going fast. Seven minutes. The gold goes
to Sun Yang of China. The second place goes to Ryan Cochrane and the
bronze goes to the Hungarian. What style. Sun Yang, the 19-year-old
Chinese man, the storied the field. -- destroyed the field. We know
that he has put a lot of work into it. They train forever. They
trained so hard. That guy will spend hours in the water every day
I can tell you the average person on the American team has since --
swims 2,300 miles a year. These guys probably do about 50 % more
than that. Extraordinary, that last 50. He had so much a laugh.
1500m is going to be extraordinary. There is a scoreboard attended --
lowered down in the arena. It is the dawn of a new champion. Hungary
came in very strong for the bronze. 4th the 800 metres for a man is not
an Olympic events so Sun Yang will have to stand up and have raised
Andy 1,500 metres in this pool behind me. -- race in the 1,500
metres. Michael Phelps has proved that he
is still a major force to be reckoned with. There are two
British swimmers to look out for. We have Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe.
Gandy goes in lane five for Great Games silver medallist, in lane
seven. -- the Commonwealth Games silver medallist, in lane seven. If
here is Teresa Crippen from the University of Florida. Jiao Liuyang
in lane six. Ellen Gandy goes in five. She is a bronze medallist on
this 200 butterfly but she is the British record holder. I would
imagine she needs to get closer to the record to make the final.
Suzanne and Jack are less from Hungary -- Zsuzsanna Jakabos here.
Very good at the flies. I think she is in good shape and it will be
good to see how she gets on here. Check out Ida Marko-Varga and. She
is looking good. Ellen Gandy is in on there? She does kick twice. She
just does not do it right. She is merely pausing. It is the most
bizarre a stroke. That is going to hold her back. The rest Of them are
working hard. Ellen Gandy is working very hard. A quarter of a
second lead. She might want to try that a little bit different rate.
Ida Marko-Varga from Sweden is going at the bottom of the shot.
Ellen Gandy is leading. This is good to see. Her 100 fly was very
good. She needs to qualify well. she can keep this pays out she will
do very well. She is a little bit out of the stroke. That is halfway.
For a British record is -- her British record was set in 2009. It
is impressive and it is very good. We have seen and patch was first
hundreds before tonight. Look at the woman who is reading in the
black cap. She is breathing to the side. -- breathing in the black cap.
You have to keep a good stroke when you do that. Ellen Gandy has 50
metres to go. She looks tough. This is impressive stuff. Sometimes if
you are a little bit heavier you take more. She is digging in deep.
Zsuzsanna Jakabos is coming after her. I do not mind if Ellen Gandy
comes in first, second or third. Ellen Gandy just gets it sweat the
Zsuzsanna Jakabos things again. -- with Zsuzsanna Jakabos in second.
Fantastic. She has a big smile. It is good to get a victory in the
semi-final. Fantastic. She will be in a good position. Let's see how
the second semi-final gets on. should not get too excited too
early. Look at that. Get your head down. It is like Michael Phelps. He
keeps his head down very low. Ellen Gandy has won the first semi-final
of the women's 200 flights. Susannah did have this comes in
second -- Suzanne and Jacobus in That was a great win. 60.6. That
was much quicker. Yes. I will probably go quicker in the final
tomorrow but I wanted to make it in safely and have a good swim. I am
really happy. Good luck for that in the world from 2007 who
qualified. Here we have Otylia Jedrzeczak. She is an Athens
champion. Jemma Lowe, what can you do? She has been coached in Swansea.
Here is Jessicah Schipper. She is defending world champion. She won
in 2007 and 2009 and is also a world record holder. Here comes
Stephanie Rice, also an Olympic champion. And here is Liu Zige. She
is the current chimp -- champion. Now we have Kathleen Hersey. She is
an Olympic finalist. That sounds a little boring compared to the rest!
She will be out quick though. Keep an eye on her. Natsumi Hoshi from
time this year, 25.36. She was a little bit faster than that earlier.
the bottom of your picture. Slightly worryingly, the three big
guns in Lane's one, two and three. Three, the world record holder, and
one and two, four times past world from the world champion, sorry, the
world record holder, the Olympic champion. Zil getting a very good
at the top, it will be called with the Olympic and world champions at
the top there. It's good that Stephanie Rice has taken this race
out quite quickly as well. Good turns. Jemma Lowe has been really
working on them up for a while. She's now back in Swansea training
with but McAllister. It's very important on the fly to get the
good turns. Jemma Lowe in good shape. She looked good, she looked
good, second at the turn. 60.30 is pretty much exactly the same as we
saw in that first semi-final. This is good if she can hold on. She
does look good. She's tracking the Olympic champion in her home poll,
home crowd. There she is. Neck-and- of thing in the first semi-final.
Jemma Lowe. Schipper has an ugly struck but it's very effective. --
mistaken, Great Britain are going to go in the fastest, one, two.
some -- similar to Michael Phelps. Beautiful head down as well, just
as the arms go past your ears your head has got to be going down. She
finished well as well. Some of the technical parts of Jemma Lowe's
racing are fantastic. In that underwater turn, she was down quite
third. Schipper back in fourth. think she will make the final,
though. Schipper and Rice, the two and Ellen Gandy. Two Australians,
two Chinese. That's going to be a cracker. Can we get a gold medal in
You said to me early in the week you liked the 100. It's hard to
decide which is my favourite one. I like the 100 because it's a shorter
than the 200. That's painful. But I do train for the 200 more, it's
shown in my results. That puts you into the final at the fastest and
puts Ellen Gandy in there as well. It's going to be a really good race.
I'm loving the fact that we both got in the final again. We share a
room together and have the same schedule, so it's nice we're going
to be there together and give it a shot tomorrow. A lot of people at
home probably find it quite difficult that you can be good
mates and then race each other. have been asked quite a lot of
questions about that, but we did share a room in 2008 at the
Olympics as well. We just both want to do well. We'd all -- boat train
hard. We are good friends and one each other to do really well.
good result would be great Britain, one, two.
You are looking lovely and slimline. Thank you, that's always great to
hear after a brace. I'm really enjoying this meet. It was good for
me to get a good preparation in and to get back down to a good racing
wait for me. I've enjoyed the meet so far. A double Olympic champion,
it's quite hard to come back down off that and not be caught in all
of the stuff that goes with being a great champion. Then you have to
focus for another Olympics. You want Michael have the same task.
Yes, Phelps on a different scale to me but it took me a couple of years
to get over what had happened. I wasn't very motivated in 2009, and
I had surgery last year. It's been a rough couple of years but I feel
I've picked myself up quite well. I needed 10 months out for surgery,
so hopefully I can improve on how I've done this year and use it as a
stepping-stone towards next year. The 204 hundred are the things I
trained for. This 200 fly is a bit of fun. It's not bad to make the
final of something you consider a bit of fun. Stephanie Rice talking
to Sharron Davies there. Jemma Lowe, winning her semi-final and
qualifying fastest for the final. It's brilliant. After seeing her in
the 100 fly, after saying it was not their distance, they do double
the distance. We saw in the semi- finals there, Jemma Lowe in the
outside lane, she did her own race on her own. The Chinese Olympic
world record holder, she gave her a lesson. It's going to be different
in the final, it's going to be a tight race. There are two Brits in
the final again. Jemma Lowe and Ellen Gandy. If you have your tea
made with you, it actually helps, you are so used to racing each
other at home. You've got someone alongside you out there. That just
shows the strength and depth we've got in certain events. We needed
that. It's going to be our first opportunity to take a gold medal.
Ellen Gandy, she's only 19. Jemma Lowe was very young, 21, but for
Ellen Gandy this is a real learning process - a process. She's done
fantastic. Looking at the 100, getting faster each round. She
dominated her semi-final. She went in second-fastest into that final.
The thing with heats is making semis, the thing with semis, it's
making finals. She gets faster every race. 19, this is like fast
track experience for next year. She is only going to be 20 at the
Olympics. It's a great time for her. She learns an awful lot, gets
faster each time. She trains out in Australia. You have pockets of
training groups around the world where you have lots of different
swimmer's training together. They learn from each other. If you've
got that club environment, that... With Stephanie Rice just down the
road, she raises the best people all the time in Australia, she's
going to get used to it very quickly. Could we see two medals
for Great Britain? I think it Sue is going to be tough, but she did
look tired. I don't think she's got an awful lot left. Jemma Lowe,
she's been faster than that already this year. I think she's got more
to give it. Ellen Gandy, she gets faster each time. I think one of
them will win but I couldn't say which one. It's an exciting time
for British swimming. They are all out there in Shanghai. David Davis
did decide to dive into that pool because everyone in British
swimming is getting excited about this place and standing on the
blocks here in a year's time. thing I'm most looking forward to,
other than hopefully taking part, would just be how I think it's
going to lift the British nation. It's going to be Fantastic Four
sport. I really hope it influences everyone, from kids to adults to
partake in sport, especially swimming. The Home Olympics is
something every athlete looks forward to and dreams of competing
at. To have a home Olympics in your lifetime and the potential of going
there is one of those incredible moments. Excitement. It's just such
an exciting time for every sport, not just swimming. Hopefully we can
go there and rule the roost. It's going to be showcasing the best of
British culture, British athleticism, achievements in the
world. I'm going to be so proud. get a shiver down my spine every
time I think of London 2012. Walking out in front of 16,000, the
majority of them Brits, family and friends. To be a part of that would
be spine-chilling. It's going to be a massive festival and there will
be people everywhere. It's going to be a great opportunity for us as
Britain's to show the world what we can do. It's going to be an awesome
year. If I qualify for the Olympics then I'm going to be the most happy
girl on the planet. Fran Halsall there, who I guarantee you will be
one of the faces of the Olympic Games in 2012. Keri-Anne Payne, the
only one who's officially qualified already for the open water by
winning the 10 K gold medal in Shanghai. What is the trial process
now, when will the rest of them know whether they are in or not?
Becky Adlington, the Olympic champion, world champion, all of a
sudden she hasn't qualified. Next April, we have our qualifications,
which will take place here in the Aquatics Centre. The first big
major meet, our trials will be here. Again, they'll get a chance to test
themselves in this environment. Unless they qualify and do a time
on that date, for two people to go you have to be in the top 16
fastest times in the world. The qualification criteria is quite
hard. Interviewed touch that war, get your place in, get your time,
you don't go. You could be Olympic champion and you don't qualify. You
can be an Olympic champion and you don't do a time, you can't
qualified. All of the pressure comes from March. The World
Championships has great experience and they want to be world champions,
but it all starts here for next year. So they start from scratch.
Let's hope that James Goddard makes it. He came home with two gold
medals and the 200m backstroke at the 200m individual medley. We will
see him in the semi-finals of the 200m individual medley in a moment.
You will see Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. But from the sounds of
things, James is not intimidated by them. He's definitely beatable.
It's just how he you can beat him. He's the best athlete of all time,
in my opinion, out of everybody that ever lived on this planet. The
Olympic gold medals, it backs me up a bit there! But he's just a man,
he's beatable. I've got to try and do what I've got to do to challenge
him. Ryan Lochte is up there as well. He's an incredible athlete
and has broken some of Michael Phelps' world records. It's going
to be really difficult. Men's swimming at the top with the
Americans is so strong. It's the depth as well. It's really
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qualifier for this first semi-final of the men's tour did metres
an amazing 200m fly gold medal. He's got to swim this semi-final
right next to the world record holder and defending champion, Ryan
Lochte, his team-mate. There is Horihata of Japan. Here he is.
Defending champion, world record holder, Olympic champion on the
200m backstroke, Ryan Lochte. He's already beaten Michael Phelps in a
head-to-head. Phelps is pretty good at recovering from races. It's well
known physiologically that he's pretty good at getting between one
and the other. He's going to have to use his fly. Phelps' better
stroke it is the first length. If he's got any fatigue then he's
going to have to wake up pretty quickly. I would imagine he's going
to try and get through this, just stick it in the back and do a time
sufficient to get through to the final, which should be relatively
comfortable. The fastest qualifier bottom.
Fifth Michael Phelps get a decent start if, as does Ryan Lochte. It
is interesting, which is there a better strokes. So -- what are at
their bare strokes. -- better strokes. Ryan Lochte is flying back.
He did this in the morning. He is trying to get out of the far left.
This is interesting. He is really a kneeling his own backstroke and
making sure he gets the advantage. -- nailing his own backstroke. I do
not think these guys will have to work that hard. They have both
messed around a little bit this morning. Ryan mock pity -- Ryan
Lochte, has turned off. It is interesting about so the
breaststroke. He did a little trouble before he did his big kick.
-- a little wriggle. He has got to rest tonight. Ryan Lochte is very
strong and powerful. He gave a sneaky look to Phelps. This is a
procession, really. It is the best swimmers in the world are on their
game. They will try to touch each other at the end., this is
fascinating. -- at the end. This is fascinating. It looks like Ryan
Lochte has won the first semi-final. Phelps has come in second. We have
the Japanese gentleman in third. very close to each other. What a
great way to practise. You may not get used to the way others may do
it. Practising for what? You just get to sit next to him again.
Practice makes perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. Practice
makes permanent, apparently. Phelps, head out in the final. Phelps is
second Andy semi-final. Japan is in third. He could still make it. --
One year away from the Olympics. Did you get a knot in your stomach?
No, I did not. I woke think in that I was hungry and I wanted breakfast.
-- thinking. You are too laid-back. He I had some money Tommy last
night that -- I had somebody tell me last night from the media. I
have just got to focus and I'll worry about the rest later. I just
have to focus on the world 200m individual medley. It looks a
like Laszlo cash has a very shiny James Goddard, what can you do? He
is very much on form. He has had a dodgy soldier -- shoulder. It looks
like he will be able to swim. He is in seven. We have a Lithuanian in
six. He has not done too much since the Olympics. Here is the European
champion and many times. I suppose one of the things that we are
seeing here, we are starting to see much more long course. We are
seeing turns are being much more important. The focus is on the
start and turn. This they looked fantastic in the heats. -- and this
These guys have all got a chance of making the big final. James Goddard
is in the blue hat of Great Britain and is down in lane seven. That is
on the left-hand side of your screen. James Goddard is looking
good. He has an excellent backstroke. He has started well in
seven. He is doing well. The backstroke is helpful. He has done
nearly 15 metres. The top left has Laszlo Cseh. There are not too many
people in the world that can go right off a straight race. 53
seconds. 53.6, a really quick. Laszlo Cseh was up with one second.
James Goddard has some work to do but it is going well. James Goddard
has on the blue cap. He has moved into second place with a strong
backstroke. He is having a fantastic third length. A greater
breaststroke and he is in a great position. He didn't spot that turn.
As long as he can make that final he can go a little bit faster. He
is a breathing away from the rest of the field. The Australian has
the yellow cap and is next to him. The black cap in three is working
well as well. It looks like it might be Laszlo Cseh. He wins it.
James Goddard is 4th. He will get in with that, I think. A good swim.
I am surprised that Laszlo Cseh is blowing so much but 1.57 is quite
fast. This guy has obviously worked very hard. He worked hard to hold
it from the first link. -- the is his best time. 20 night -- 29-
year-old and he has done well. Laszlo Cseh has done very well. He
came in first. We have a fiver from the second semi-final making it
through. That puts James Goddard in 6th finest -- fastest for the final.
We now have three British swimmers for the final tomorrow evening.
Ryan Lochte is the fastest and Michael Phelps in second. That is
not really a surprise. Most of those guys were not have expected
That was a pretty good swim considering that we have heard
things about your shoulder. Nice and solid. I am very pleased to
make the finals tomorrow. It is probably the fastest final that has
been at these Games. I am pretty excited and looking forward to
tomorrow. You have been unwound for a while. How is your body holding
up? -- you have been around for a while. It has been playing up, my
shoulder, for the last few weeks. I have had a doctor helping me for
the last few weeks. I was thinking about pulling out of the whole
thing but I have worked hard on my shoulder and have got into a
position where I can make a world final. A lot of sporting in general
is about keeping in shape. Yes and the support team has gotten so much
better. The support team has a psychologist which we did not have
before have so it is getting better. It is making me swim faster.
fly is going to be taking out extremely fast. Yes, these are some
of the best boys in the world. It is not going to be easy. I am going
to go out with them and give it a James Goddard sounds like he has
the balance of being respectful without being intimidated.
thinking is that he truly believes he can win. He trains a day in and
day out. He does not give up after a medal. That is a good place to be
in. It is a good attitude to have. How do you read it between Ryan
Lochte and Michael Phelps? Interesting. Ryan Lochte is on form
at the moment and Phelps is just off form. Both of them on form at
the same time his fireworks anyway. We know they can do a freestyle and
a medley. I would go for Ryan Lochte. Phelps has got his 200
metres butterfly and that made a difference for him. He will not
have anything to lose. The strokes are great. I think it will be neck-
and-neck and will come down to the last 25 metres. Otherwise it will
be a dogfight for third. The guide does not seem to break a sweat --
Ryan Lochte does not seem to break a sweat. He was joking about
skateboarding and things. He says that he loves doing it but there
are other things. He is very laid back. The sprinters are always very
laid-back. He is a really interesting character. It is a
difference in psychology between something like that and boxing
where it is all bravado. The 50m final. We have the man from Norway
who has dedicated his his win to the people of Norway. He has his
work cut out from -- with him from second and Van Der Burgh was third.
If I was in third, I'd like to come first next time. Had been said that,
third on 100 breaststroke for Van Der Burgh was a pretty good swim.
He was pretty pleased. He has a lot more confidence and swagger about
him on the 50m. But Dale Oen, when he went out for his gold medal in
the 100m, 27.20. He swam with his heart rather than his technical
World Championships in Rome, Feldwehr of Germany. Dugonjic goes
into macro. And then the new world champion, Alexander Dale Oen, in
three. What an emotion or swim he had. He's a lovely guy. He spoke
very well before and after the race. He was talking about just doing
what he could do. Over here, thinking about people back home.
Van Der Burgh looks very relaxed. World record holder, defending
champion. He really is on form with that runs on the 100. He's going to
be tough to beat. I love the stroke of this guide. Look at those arms.
Good heavens! Da Silva, the world's short-course champion. A very good
starter. This Guyett swam well as well. -- guide. Stekelenburg in
seven. The slowest qualifier will be Gangloff, of the USA. He was the
bronze medallist two years ago. This is just stacked. Here he is.
Bronze medallist from the World Championships in Rome. The third
fastest man in history. But the fastest man, the world record
holder, Cameron Van Der Burgh, the defending champion, he is in four.
This is a really hard one to call. I'm not sure where it's going to go.
Whether Van Der Burgh can replicate the real talent and form that he's
obviously got, or whether Dale Oen All the big guys are right up there
and are going well. Van Der Burgh is in the centre in the silver hat.
A good start for Scozzoli in at six. Silver going well -- da Silva looks
like he's just ahead. It looks like it may be da Silva. Da Silva has
got it. He's got the gold. What a steel that was! Look how much it
means to him. Stay out of his way! Look at the power in that guy!
27.01. Look at how strong he is. is an ox, isn't he? He's got a good
stroke. He's got a great technique. He uses his hips are really well.
Breaststroke, even for a big guy, you'd think he would call himself
through the water but he's got a wonderful underwater technique. The
thing about breaststroke his timing it well, getting your legs and arms
not to overlap and not having any quickly. He's got it. He goes in
for it as well. That was probably two tenths of a second there that
It's not often you see a reaction quite like that, is it? He's a big
guy. He's not the typical swimmer that is slim and toned.
Breaststroke swimmers and tend to be a bit more bulky and powerful. I
love it when you see that passionate expression. It means so
much to them. It was always going to be a tight race. Van Der Burgh,
he always struts his stuff before hand, he's extremely confident.
It's huge. For da Silva, although with confusing in commentary, for
da Silva, a much more popular of gold medallist in the swimming
world than Cielo Filho. There isn't a cloud hanging over him.
Following the Brazilian team around, I know that Cielo Filho flew in
later than the rest of the team. All the attention is Cielo Filho.
just love that celebrating. He's banging his chest and all the rest
of it. So powerful, so passionate. It was going to be one of those
fingertip tatters. It can make a huge difference between hitting it
right on the touch and half a stroke out. It was right going into
the war, it wasn't one where someone snatch it from nowhere. I'm
pleased for him. I like Van Der Burgh, he's a good mate, but I'm
pleased for him. I was disappointed not to see Dale Oen get a medal
there. In turns of your highlight of the session? Phelps? Phelps. And
seeing the two girls going through. Jemma Lowe and Ellen Gandy. That's
really exciting because we do need... And maintained that they
are swimming to form at the moment. We want someone to step up that
little bit more. A couple more faces, they become public names.
I'm really pleased for them. couple of the swimmers we might see
tomorrow in the relay. Becky Adlington and Jo Jackson could
easily be lining up. We haven't seen Jo DAX and yet. No, she's had
a torrid year. She's had problems with injuries, illness and asthma.
She is slowly coming back to her best form. She told me about a year
ago that the asthma got so bad she actually cracked ribs in the pool
when she was winning because she was struggling so hard to breathe.
She didn't know she had a problem at the time. She's trained through
it. This is how much athletes push themselves through pain barriers.
After a couple of months it doesn't go away and you think there's a bit
more to it. Jo Jackson did do heats of the 200 freestyle but didn't
make it through to the semis. She hasn't been on great form. We are
here at the Aquatics Centre, a big sign down their say in one year to
go. This being unveiled to the public and press. All sorts of
people are going to get their chance to use that pool. The man
who will get the honour of doing the first official diver off that
10 metre board will be Tom Daley. Back from Shanghai. Yes. Your
reaction to everything that happened there? It was good for me.
We got all the spots for the Olympics, individual, Synchro and
qualified for the World series. Four new divers in there as well.
Didn't dive too well but to come fifth and not dive to well is
pretty good. Which was your favourite? The dive I was most
happy with was a triple somersault because you can't spot the dive,
can you? It's quite difficult to died of doors, especially in that
final, it started to rain. It was quite windy as well. It was quite
weird, but it's something you have to deal with. The competitor who
won the gold just seemed a league apart. He was sensational. Is it
because he looks so good or just because you know what you need to
do that you've decided to give up school in January? I'm not giving
up school in January. I'm going full-time diving and part-time
school. I'm going to be going to school but two hours each day to
keep up with things. Yeah, he's doing fantastic at the moment. He's
out there, 40 points ahead of the rest of the field. It's going to be
interesting to see whether anyone will be able to keep up with him
next year. It myself or any of the other divers do their dives as well
as they can come I can't see why they couldn't beat him. Are you
excited? This is the first time I've seen it. I've just arrived. It
really looks amazing. It's the best pool I've ever seen. Seb Coe said
earlier that the diving end of it doesn't have a name yet. Really?
could be the Tom Daley diving pool. Do you know what dive you are going
to do tonight? I'm not sure what dive and going to be doing yet,
I'll leave it for a surprise. chances are it will be an upright
one rather than a handstand one. haven't really thought about it
that much. Photo finish. We will see. There are ones which look good
for photos, ones which look good for people-watching. We will have
to wait and see. Four 1/2, it has to be one that I know I can do well
because it might be a bit embarrassing otherwise. We've been
talking about the balance for high profile at its, and you are one of
the most well-known faces leading into London. A year to go, how much
do you have to balance the training and public appearances? Definitely,
training comes first. It's something you have to focus on
because you don't get any of the public appearances without the
training and good results. For me, the main thing is to meet -- major
and training in the off-season. Then the media comes second after
that. I make sure I do some, but I have to make sure I do it at the
right time and not to affect the training. Part of it is visualising
what it might be like to win a gold medal. You'll get your first look
at the medals tonight. Then you've got to block that out. Exactly. But
today is a great source of motivation and inspiration, to be
able to see the metals and the pool. It's going to be an advantage to
stand at the top of the board and visualise my dives. See how much of
the stands you can see from 10 metres, imagine the amount of
people who are going to be here. It's going to do me good. When you
spin round off a ten-metre outdoors, does this guy and the water look
the same colour? Yeah. But you can practise it here an awful lot.
you are diving outdoors you got the wind and the sky that is blue and
the water that is blue. When you are spinning round you have to know
which way is up, when they are both blew it is difficult. Here, because
the water is quite dark, which the divers love for being able to see
where the water is. The ceiling is a different colour, the seats are a
different colour. That makes it easier. How much do you think you
will come here and train? As much as possible. We got one day of
training later this year and then the rest of the year we got a few
training camps here. Probably before the Olympics we will have
about three weeks' training year. I'm not sure. It will be fabulous.
It feels so right. It looks incredible. To imagine the amount
of people that are going to be here, it really is amazing. You can see
Tom in action. He will be performing the first official dive
of the ten-metre platform at 7:20pm tonight. That programme starts at
7pm. Mark and I will be back on BBC Two tomorrow afternoon at 1pm.
Jemma Lowe and Ellen Gandy, we could have two medals for Great
Britain. We could have a first gold medal of these championships in the
pool for Great Britain. They will be going in the 200m butterfly.
From all of us here, the unofficial name of this place is the stingray.
It's wonderful to have Tom here to help close the programme. I'll let
With the London Olympics a year away, the worlds best swimmers are even more focused on reaching their peak. Clare Balding is joined by Mark Foster for coverage of the swimming programme at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai.
Four more world champions will be crowned, with American Michael Phelps looking to add to his unprecedented tally of gold medals when he defends his 200m butterfly title. Italy's most successful sportswoman, Federica Pellegrini, is also attempting a successful title defence, in the 200m freestyle.