By Mark Etheridge
Beijing Olympian Wendy Trott is a relieved young woman after successfully negotiating the qualifying road to London at the recent national swimming championships in Durban.
Trott, originally from Cape Town, but based in Georgia in the United States, won the 800-metre event in Durban.
“Qualifying was really exciting for me as it had kind of been a stressful week waiting for that race, so I just feel really relieved and honoured to be on the team.
“There were a couple of disappointments at nationals with people who were so close to qualifying but then just missed it.”
Having said that Trott, 22, is excited at the swimming squad’s prospects in London.
“I feel that our team is incredibly talented and we all have this great excited attitude which I think will be awesome once we get together at our training camp before the Olympics and at the actual Games.”
Trott swam 8min 28.79sec in the semi-final of the 800m in Durban, the 11th fastest in the world this year, and won the final in 8:30.61.
Qualifying time for the Olympics is 8:33.84. She qualified at World Championships in Shanghai, China last year as well as at the US nationals in Atlanta in December. At the Beijing Olympics four years ago she swam an 8:26.21, still the African record.
“It really is such an honour to be on team with all those awesome athletes. So from now, I’ll be training here in the US like I have been until the team meets up for the precamp which should be sometime in June I think. We’re sup