Loughborough's Fogg to achieve 'schoolboy dream'
29 June 2012
Loughborough University’s Daniel Fogg will achieve a ‘huge’ schoolboy dream when he represents Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.
For the 24-year-old, who will compete in the 1500m freestyle, has targeted the Olympics since he first started swimming as an eight year old.
Daniel was one of nine Loughborough University swimmers who were kitted out at the Team GB Loughborough Preparation Camp today.
He was joined by Ross Davenport, Francesca Halsall, Joanne Jackson, Caitlin McClatchey, Joe Roebuck, Elizabeth Simmonds, Amy Smith and Liam Tancock. Three other Loughborough swimmers are also in the team – Kate Haywood, Roberto Pavoni and Grant Turner.
Daniel has had a fantastic build-up. He won the British Championships 1500m freestyle title in March by breaking a 21 year old English record and ducked under 15 minutes for the first time, winning gold in 14:55.30.
That clinched his Olympic place and then he won the ASA National title in this month in a time of 15:26.29.
He said: “I am extremely excited, it has been a huge dream since as far back as I can remember, when I started swimming at the age of eight.
“I knew the Olympic Games was the pinnacle of the sport so I was thinking back then about swimming in the Olympics and world champs.
“It grew a bit when the Games were announced six or seven years ago and since then it has been total focus towards this.
“To fulfil that dream and to say I have done it is a bit weird and surreal but, overall, it’s just excitement and relief to have finally made it, and I can’t wait to give it my best shot and get a good result.”
Daniel won’t lack support for the Olympic pool is a stone’s throw from where he was born in Middlesex, and he’s expecting plenty of family and friends to be there to cheer him on.
He said: “It’s pretty much in my backyard, 20 minutes from my house.
“I will have quite a lot of family there and they will probably be extremely loud and embarrassing but that’s what it’s all about.
“To have them behind me and know they are proud of me adds to it as well.”
Daniel says training at Loughborough University under coach Kevin Renshaw has played a massive part in him realising his ambition.
He said: “Loughborough has allowed me to get a degree and let me get on with my sport and do what I needed do, helping me out on the academic side, getting to competitions, everything.
“The facilities are so good here, it’s all centred around sporting excellence and elite sport. That’s played a massive part in my improvement over the last few years.
“I have been with Kev for about five years now and I have taken 45 seconds off my personal best under him.
“I owe a lot to him in terms of improvement in performance and in general as well, growing up as an adult and coming to university.”
Daniel admits that 20-year-old Chinese sensation Sun Yang, who broke a 10 year old world record at the world championships last year by swimming 14:34.14, will win gold unless he has a bad day at the office.
But he is hopeful of getting among the medals. “I’m up against one of the greatest 1500 metre swimmers of all time, he broke the world record last year and could do it again,” said Daniel.
“So unless he becomes ill or loses a leg he has pretty much got the gold medal wrapped up. Beyond that it could be quite open for second and third places.
“Even getting into the final is going to really tight so my first focus will be swimming well in the heats, hopefully get a PB and make it to the final.
“From then on I will see if I can push on in to the medals, and I don’t see why not.”
Daniel says his preparations have gone well. “I had an open water qualifier just over two weeks ago, and that was quite difficult, swimming a 10k in the middle of hard training.
“It was then straight back into training but it seems to have gone well. I raced at the national champs and won the 1500m with a performance I was happy with.
“Training has gone really well. We’re in the middle of hard training before I start to taper for the 1500m. My work will come down and I’ll get more rest two and half weeks before the race.
“I’m nervous but I think that’s healthy. I’m not one to get too nervous before a race. I have done all the hard work, all the preparation has been done, so there’s no point ruining it by getting over-nervous.”