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David Davies
David will be up against his swimming hero


Swimmer David Davies


It's not long since I started competing at international level, but I've achieved quite a lot during that time.

My event is dominated by Australian Grant Hackett and I reckon beating him is the hardest task in sport.

After all, he's the Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion - and he hasn't been beaten in the 1500m freestyle since 1997.

I was 17 when I first raced Hackett in the Commonwealth Games. I was only 13 when he started taking the world by storm and at that time I never imagined I'd race against him.

World number one Grant Hackett
Hackett is the world number one

I regard him as one of the best athletes of all time with the best record in the world.

Football teams, athletes - they all eventually get beaten but he's maintained his status in this event for so long.

In Athens he's got to perform well as a lot of good swimmers will be there.

I'll have nothing to lose when we start racing. I'm 19 and hopefully this won't be my last Olympic experience.


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