Second Olympic call-up for Fogg
Daniel Fogg has fulfilled his aim of booking two swims at this summer’s Olympics after officially being chosen as Britain’s representative in the men’s 10km open water event.
The announcement brings an end to a drawn out bid by the 24-year-old that started at last year’s World Championships in Shanghai, where Fogg was joined by fellow Brit Tom Allen.
A top-ten finish would have secured him an Olympic place there and then and, while Keri Anne-Payne comfortably secured a women’s place with gold, Fogg could only finish 15th.
Allen ended 26th and so the process moved onto the British Gas Championships in March where the top two in the 1500m freestyle would earn selection for the Olympic qualifier in Portugal this month.
That was to be Fogg and David Davies, who won Olympic 10km open water silver in Beijing in 2008, the pair also securing a swim in the 1500m freestyle at London 2012 in the process.
Even then Fogg was left wondering whether he would add the 10km open water to his Olympic schedule after finishing 35th at the qualifying event, outside the top-nine finish required.
Davies was definitely out after placing 38th however Fogg will indeed double up at the Games with the BOA confirming his selection for the 10km open water, much to his delight.
“I am really happy to have been selected for my second event at the Games. I’m back into hard training after recovering from the FINA Open Water event in Portugal and have been focusing on my first event, the 1500m,” he said.
“I’ll now sit down with my coach to look at the strategy for the open water event too which is a week after the pool swim. It’s fantastic to get to race in both events.”
There was also good news for another British aquatics athlete, Rebecca Gallantree, who has been chosen to contest the 3m individual springboard event after Team GB were awarded another host nation place.
Gallantree was officially selected for London 2012 last week – that in the 3m synchro alongside Alicia Blagg – but has since been handed an individual place too, where she will join Hannah Starling.