Monday, August 11, 2008
Well Done Jo!
The household was up even earlier than usual this morning to cheer on Jo Jackson and fellow GB swimmer Rebecca Adlington.
Jo is from Richmond, and sometimes trains with Richmond Dales ASC, where James also swims. I never cease to be impressed when I watch James, Jo and the other dedicated young people trudging into the complex at 6.30am morning after morning to pound up and down the pool for an hour-and-a-half.
The British achievement in getting a gold and bronze in the 400m freestyle was immense, and an indication as to just how far swimming in this country is progressing. As the BBC website notes, Jo's third place in a time of 4:03.52s meant Team GB had matched their entire medal haul in the pool from Athens 2004 in one race.
Never forget though, amidst all the chatter about swim suits and other paraphrenalia, that their stupendous performances are built on the back of long hours in the pool and the gym week after week from a very early age.
Jo and Rebecca thoroughly deserve their place in thbe sun, with maybe more to come from both swimmers in the days ahead.