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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July, 2003, 06:14 GMT 07:14 UK
Gibson targets Olympic gold
World 50m breatstroke champion James Gibson
Gibson will not be able to compete in the 50m in Athens

World 50 metres breaststroke champion James Gibson aims to build on his success in Barcelona and claim gold at next year's Olympics.

Gibson won gold at the World Swimming Championships on Wednesday.

But with the shorter event not part of the Olympic programme, he now plans to concentrate on the 100m.

"Next year is the big one for me," he said.

"I aim to go to the Olympics in Athens looking for the same result but in the 100m event.

"I have learned how to swim the 50m event under pressure and I was relaxed as I went into the race.

"The feelings I have now are just amazing. I have expected a lot of myself this year.

"I have moved away from the shorter distance to concentrate on the 100m Olympic event. The 50m is my fun competition now."

Gibson's victory was the first for a Briton at world level since David Wilkie won both the 100m and 200m breaststroke titles in 1975.

And the Loughborough-based swimmer paid tribute to the contribution made by his coach.

"It's been a huge effort," said Gibson.

"There has been so much support from so many people on the team but especially my coach Ben Titley.

"Ben has been great for me and we will be relentless and uncompromising now in our attack for the 100m next year."

50m breaststroke winner James Gibson
"After my heat and semi swims they had to come out and beat me"

Gibson's coach Ben Titley
"Hopefully he will win gold in a different event at the Olympics"

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