Seidler optimistic ahead of competition

04 August 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK

Namibian open-water swimmer Phillip Seidler says he is acclimatising well in Tokyo ahead of his race.

The 23-year-old swimmer will compete in the Olympic 10 km marathon swimming race which will start today at 23:30 Namibian time, which is Thursday 06:30 in Japan.

Seidler has been in Japan for five days and says it has been amazing so far.

“I arrived five days ago in Tokyo. I have been training in the pool twice a day. I have been training in the open-water facilities as well. I want to get used to the hot temperature. Also, I’m building racing strategies ahead of the race.”

Seidler says he has trained seven years for a moment at the Games.

“I have sacrificed seven years of my life for this moment, eating healthy and training hard. I want to put Namibia on the world map. I will give it my best,” he added.

Seidler will compete against the likes of Florian Wellbrock (Germany), Marc-Antoine Olivier (France), Rob Muffels (Germany), Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary) and Jordan Wilimovsky (USA).

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