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Last Updated: Monday, 10 March 2008, 08:48 GMT
Davies keen on Olympic 10k event
By Nabil Hassan

David Davies
Davies has already been selected as part of Team GB's squad
Olympic bronze medallist David Davies says he will seek selection for the inaugural 10k open water race at the Beijing Olympics.

Davies has already been selected as part of Team GB's swimming squad to compete in the 1500m freestyle.

But the Welshman says he is also keen on selection for the open water event.

"I will be competing in the World Open Water Championships in May. If I finish in the top 10 I will gain selection for the Olympics," Davies told BBC Sport.

The 10k open water is new to the Olympics this year and Davies entered an event in South Africa last month, which he won in some style.

The Welshman's victory was all the more impressive as it was the pool-based swimmer's first attempt at the event.

"British swimming had convinced me to enter this race as it was part of the process to qualify for the event at the Olympics," he said.

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"I had to finish in the top two out of the Brits which would gain me selection for the World Open Water Champs in Seville, where the top 10 from there would qualify for the Olympic Games.

"The way I saw it, it was a chance for me to have a go at something different, no pressure, and it would be a good, hard work-out.

"I came in to finish first, in one hour 53 minutes and 50 seconds."

Davies is among the favourites to challenge Olympic 1500m gold medallist Grant Hackett in the pool in Beijing.

And he feels that the 10k event could provide excellent preparation for his assault on glory in August.

"I was very pleased as I know I am in good shape and now have something else in swimming to have a go at," he said.

"Despite the long, demanding effort it was actually quite good fun.

"It could be a surprise for me this year but the main thing is I am in good shape for the Olympics."

Meanwhile, Davies is preparing for the European Championships in Eindhoven later this month.

David Davies is among the British athletes who BBC Sport will be following during the countdown to the Beijing Olympics.

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