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Brodie impresses at Olympic Trials

By Liam Moakes 02/04 Updated: 10/04 18:58

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MARCH has been at the forefront of the minds of many swimmers this year, with the Olympic Trials taking place, and the venue this time was the new Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in London to which Evesham Swimming Club star Cameron Brodie made the journey.

Despite achieving the qualifying time for several events, the decision was made to focus mainly on the 200m butterfly, the event in which he has shown gained most success to date.

The 200m fly heats were on day three of the competition and Brodie produced a solid swim to secure his place in the evening's semi-final.

With great coverage of the trials being shown on television, this was a fantastic opportunity for Brodie to show what he had to offer.

A strong start encouraged him to build steadily throughout the race and, following his last turn off the wall, with just 50m to go he was able to catch sight of he other swimmers for the first time.

He was heartened to see that he and his main rival Joe Roebuck were well ahead of the field and Brodie continued to swim well to the finish and his time of 1.58.94 was a lifetime best as he broke through the 2-minute barrier for the first time.

The final was the following evening and two places in the GB Olympic team were up for grabs. At just 19 years of age, Brodie had only an outside chance of making the team, however he was full of confidence after his achievements in the semi-final.

Brodie said of his efforts: "I decided to really go for it, this was not an occasion to leave anything in the tank, I needed to take the risk of winning."

Brodie was true to his word and was quick off the blocks and powered down the first length of the pool, keeping up with the best swimmers the UK has to offer.

He went on: "It was going so well until suddenly I noticed my first turn and the wall coming too quickly, meaning I had to throw in half a stroke, killing all the momentum that I had.

"Within a split second my speed was gone and, although I tried to recover, the rest of the race felt like I was carrying a lead weight on my back."

However, he was amazed by his time of 1 59.48 and added, "just think what I could have achieved if things had gone technically right".

In truth, it would have been a massive surprise if Brodie had made the team as Team GB currently has three world class swimmers in the men's 200m butterfly and they fought out a fantastic race to secure just the two spots that are available in the team.

Brodie added: "My Olympics are really in four years' time and Rio, Brazil, would be a great place to visit.

"It will be another two years before I reach my full physical maturity, meaning the 2014 Commonwealth Games is the next big multi-sport competition to aim for. And then it's Rio!"

However, Brodie will have to think more short-term than that as last week he received an invite to compete for the British team at the American Open Championships in August this year.

This is effectively a British B team with ten swimmers chosen from the recent performances who continue to show promise for the future.

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