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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 June, 2003, 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK
Davies targets world's best
David Davies
The World Championships run from 13 -27 July in Barcelona
Welsh swimming sensation David Davies is hoping to boost his ever growing reputation at July's World Championships.

The 18-year-old schoolboy from Penarth was named in the 32-strong British squad on Thursday, and is relishing the prospect of beating the world's best swimmers.

"It's been the main target from the start of the year," Davies told BBC Sport. "I'm really pleased and hoping to do a good job out there."

Davies took a staggering 11.84 seconds off his own Welsh record in March with a time of 15 minutes 6.03secs as he finished second in the 1500m freestyle at the British Championships.

His preparations for the world championships start immediately with a week-long warm weather training course in Malta.

And, if all goes well, he expects to break the 15 minute barrier for the first time in Barcelona.

He said: "I'm ranked in the top eight in the 1500m freestyle so I hope to reach the final.

"I also want to improve my personal best time and hopefully go under 15 minutes."

As well as celebrating his inclusion in the British squad, Davies was also toasting the end of his A-level exams.

"It's been a tough year because I've had to fit my training in Cardiff around my school work," admitted Davies.

"But I'm confident I'll be able to do well in Barcelona."


Great Britain squad:

Men's squad: M Foster (University of Bath), J Goddard (Stockport Metro), G Tait (City of Edinburgh), D Mew (University of Bath), J Gibson (Loughborough University), I Edmond (City of Edinburgh), T Cooper (Stirling Swim), S Parry (Stockport Metro), G Smith (Stockport Metro), C Cozens (Loughborough University), R Davenport (University of Bath), A Scotcher (Loughborough University), E Sinclair (Millfield), D Leith (City of Edinburgh), S Burnett (Wycombe District), R Francis (University of Bath), A Faulkner (Nova Centurion), D Davies (Cardiff).
Women's squad: A Sheppard (Milngavie & Bearsden), R Cooke (City of Glasgow), K Sexton Portsmouth Northsea), S Price (Barnet Copthall), J King (University of Bath), A Savage (Ferndown Otters), K Pickering (Ipswich), Z Baker (Loughborough University), K Legg (Ferndown Otters), K Evans (Nova Centurion), M Marshall (Loughborough University), J Belton (Loughborough University), R Brett (Loughborough University), G Lee (Camphill Edwardians/SMU), K Nisbet (City of Leeds), J Jackson (Durham Aquatics).

The FINA World Championships take place in Barcelona between 13 and 27 July and will include swimming, diving, open water swimming, water polo and synchronised swimming.

The swimming events will take place between 20 and 27 July at the Palau Sant Jordi.




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