Anxious wait for UEL’s Willmott
PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 April 2016
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Pavoni’s Olympic dream looks over
There will be a week of agony for UEL’s Aimee Willmott as she waits to hear if she has made Great Britain’s Olympic squad, but the 23-year-old is adamant she can shine if given the chance in Rio this summer.
Willmott finished her week at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow with a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley, having already won the 200m butterfly and finished second in the 400m medley.
While she has not made the qualifying standard for any event, Willmott was within the consideration times for the 400m medley and could well be included when the squad is announced in Bath next week.
And as she prepares for a little time away with her family, Willmott admitted it will be a nervous time, saying: “I’m happy with how the Championships have gone, but obviously I’d have been delighted if I’d gone quicker. But I think all being well and if I make the team, it’s not about swimming well here.
“I want to be quicker and race in Rio, and this is a stepping stone towards that. If I’ve done enough to make the team now then I’ve achieved my aim for the meet.
“I’m going to be checking my emails constantly now, but I need to have a bit of down time and let everything sink in.
“All being well and I make the team, then I need to get myself ready for some hard training.
“I’ll have a few days at home with my family and it will be nice to just relax.”
There was disappointment for Brentwood’s Roberto Pavoni, who won the 200m individual medley but was outside the consideration time for Rio.
Pavoni touched home first in a time of 1.59.20 but that was more than two seconds outside the qualifying standard and not even within the consideration time, leaving him almost certain to miss out on the Olympics.
And after a difficult four years, the 25-year-old Pavoni, who was part of the team at London 2012, admitted he would have to consider his next step.
He said: “I was never in it for money, it was always about making myself and my family proud, qualifying for Olympic teams and representing my country at the highest level.
“I’ve been able to do that at a European level and I’m extremely proud of that, but I wanted to go further this summer and swim at the Olympics.
“Everything was planned on making the team, so now I need to have a big think about what is next for me.
“It’s definitely not the time I wanted so I’m devastated that I haven’t been able to beat the consideration time.”
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