By Mark Etheridge
Two-time Olympian Suzaan van Biljon may have written off competing at this year’s Fina World Swimming Championships in Barcelona but she’s confident of getting back on track soon.
There were high hopes that Van Biljon would still qualify in the breaststroke events in Europe ahead of World Championships and as such, she was part of a group who took part in the recent Mare Nostrum Series in Monaco, Barcelona and Canet.
But Van Biljon failed to make the grade in Europe and as such has bitten the bullet and moved on.
“Yeah, no Worlds for meÔÇª I had to swim a 2min 29.00sec for the 200m at Mare Nostrum and I didn’t. I honestly don’t like making excuses for bad swims or give reasons for performing the way I did.
“All I can say that I’ve had a rough couple of months and haven’t been training the way I’ve wanted to,” she told Road to Rio 2016 this week.
The 25-year-old, a finalist in the 200m breaststroke at last year’s London Games, is now re-assessing things and moving on with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year on the radar. “I’m taking the next few months until Commonwealth trials to just back in shape, get fit, try some new things and try to have fun. I love this sport but sometimes the politics in it really ruin it for me.”
The good thing is that Van Biljon remains positive. “One thing I’m sure of is that when I’m fit and I know in my mind that I’ve done good training in and out of the pool that my confidence will pick upÔÇª and the results will show in the pool.”
One thing the former African Swimmer of the Year asked for is a bit of leeway. “People need to give me a chance to get there. I’m on a whole new learning curve to see how I need to train at this age to not get too many injuries and to recover optimally.”