Cheering on the London Olympic GB swimmers
Almost 420 athletes have been chosen for the GB team for the London Olympics 2012. Of these, there are 23 male swimmers and 21 female swimmers. So who should we be looking out for when our British swimmers get into the pool? An obvious medal contender is Rebecca Adlington. Double Olympic medal champion, Rebecca, is on target to stand on the podium at the forthcoming London Games. Rebecca, 23, is Britain's first Olympic swimming champion since 1988 and the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908. She is acclaimed as Britain's most successful Olympic swimmer in 100 years. Just recently she swam off with a stunning victory in the 800 metres freestyle at the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield. Her training sees her swimming a massive 70km a week. Amy Smith won silver at her first Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay. She also pulled of a fantastic performance the British Championships, followed by a call-up to the GB team for the World Championships in Rome. One to look out for in the relays. Scottish swimmer Craig Benson is the World Junior Champion for 100m Breaststroke and he will be competing in his first Olympic Games in London. Lizzie Simmonds won five golds at the 2005 European Youth Olympic Festival then went on to take five golds and two silvers at the European Junior Championships over the next two years. In her Olympic debut, aged just 17, at Beijing, she finished 10th in the 100m Backstroke and made it to the final before finishing 6th in the 200m Backstroke. Another top Scottish swimmer is Hannah Miley. At her first Olympics in Beijing, she took 6th place in the 400m individual medley, 11th in the 200m IM and ninth in the 4x00m freestyle relay. She continued with her strong of successes, taking forth place in the 400mIM at the 2009 World. Hannah is coached by father and is a popular swimmer for medal placing in the London Olympics. Ross Davenport was part of the 4x200m Freestyle relay team that finished fourth in a new British record 7mins 12.60secs at the Beijing Olympics. He won silver as part of the relay team at the 2006 European Championships. He took gold at the same event in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and won an individual 200m gold. There are so many more fabulous swimmers in the GB team. We have highlighted only a few of the extraordinary athletes. Who will you be cheering for?