Brilliant (but sad) read here on the Telegraph, on those Brits who didn’t qualify for the Olympics, and had “to trudge past the cameras and their celebrating colleagues and, still wet from the pool, try to articulate their disappointment in a strip-lit interview area in the bowels of the Aquatic centre”. And the harsh reality that awaits. Via Speed Endurance on Twitter.
After missing out in the same event Richard Webb, who won the 100m breaststroke last year and competed in the World Championships in 2009, revealed the cost of failing to qualify.
“I’ve not been on funding now for six months. I’ve been living off savings and I’m pretty much bankrupt so I’ll probably quit now,” said Webb. “I’ve driven myself into the ground living off credit cards and overdrafts and I can’t really afford to continue. If you look at the depth in this event in the sport there isn’t really space for me on the team any more. So I just have to move on.”