David Davies will head into the Beijing Olympics with the triple aim of winning two golds while avoiding the rough stuff in the 10,000m open-water event.
The Welshman will be the only male pool swimmer in the Games' new event. He is also a major medal hope in the 1500m.
Davies said: "There are always fists and elbows flying around in the 10k and sometimes you get a foot in you too.
"I'm pretty new to it and the best way for me to go about it is to stay out of trouble and swim from the front."
Davies likens the 10k to major cycling events in the way competitors race in a pack, adding: "It's massively different. You can't see where you're going for a start - you have to look up to see where you're going.
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