Marshallese Giordan Recovers to Set Personal Best
<b>By Lewis Woods of The Reporters’ Academy.</b>
“I’m glad I got a personal best, the fastest I’ve ever gone, and I’m glad I did it at the London 2012 Olympics and I did it with my country’s flag on my back.” These were the words of Giordan Harris, a 50m freestyle swimmer from the Marshall Islands, just minutes after his Olympic debut here in London.
Giordan competed in the 3rd heat of the day, and as the swimmers were lead out to their platforms, the crowd did not disappoint as the atmosphere picked up inside the Aquatics Centre.
“I don’t perform well in front of an audience.” “I just tried to imagine they weren’t there and swim like I was at practice.”
As Giordan took his place on the platform, it was time to pull out the best performance of his life. Swimming in lane 1, Giordan was closest to the crowd he was trying to shut out, focus and determination etched on his face.
“All I could think about was all the training leading up to this one moment, and how quickly this moment came…..I still remember about 3 years ago when they told me I had the chance to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, and I feel like it went by in the blink of an eye, I knew I had to do my best in this race just to make all of those years of training worth it.”
Giordon swam a really solid race finishing 6th in his heat, and setting a new personal best with a time of 26.88 seconds.
An especially pleasing result for the teenager as he revealed the struggle he’d had to make the start line. “I had a torsion injury two and a half weeks back and I ended up going into surgery, I was out of water for the last 2 weeks and I literally just got back into the pool this last week.”
The Olympic qualities within Giordan are clearly there for all to see.
“I was confident and believed in myself, recovering after my injury and all the hard work I put in, I just had faith in myself and pulled through.”
So after the struggle of an injury, a very confident Marshallese athlete took to the pool for his Olympic debut with style, a new personal best and a proud nation very pleased with his efforts. (Photos attached)