Turner confident of making 4x100 team
26 June 2012
Loughborough University swimmer Grant Turner is ‘confident’ he will make the 4x100 metres relay team after clinching his spot on Team GB's 44-strong squad at the weekend.
The 23-year-old swam 49.01 secs in the heats of the men's 100m freestyle and finished second in the final at the ASA Nationals in Sheffield to book his place and take Loughborough’s contingent at the Olympics and Paralympics to 15, their highest ever total.
Grant is hopeful he will get one of the spots in the team. “I don’t want to count any chickens but I’m confident I have done my job and posted the fastest time this year,” he said.
“It’s down to the selectors now and I’m quite confident that I can do the job for the team.”
Grant said he was relieved to make the team having failed to post a fast enough time at the trials in March.
He said: “I am absolutely thrilled. I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted. I was very disappointed not to make it at the first trial, so to go and do it in the last chance saloon when the pressure was on, I’m absolutely delighted.
“I was obviously nervous but I tried to put the pressure to the back of my mind and focus on the time I knew I could do.
“I had been training well and racing well, so I knew it was in me, it was a case of getting it out.
“I tried to stay relaxed on the blocks and do the job in hand.”
Grant says competing in a home Olympics will be ‘incredible’ adding: “The Olympics is something else but a home Olympics, I can’t explain, or put it into words, the excitement I am feeling right now … I can’t wait.”
Grant is training at the Loughborough University pool with 11 other Loughborough Team GB swimmers. “It’s very surreal to be honest,” he said.
“We wall want to get going now and go to the training camp and do a job for our country. We are all excited.”