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Myles aiming to go all the way
- Updated: July 12, 2014
Myles Brown heads into the Commonwealth Games later this months with a distinctly golden glow about him, writes Mark Etheridge.
Unlike the usual South African suspects Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, the names of Brown and Karin Prinsloo featured most prominently in the three-leg Mare Nostrum Series in Europe.
The swim meets were held in Monaco, Canet and Barcelona and 22-year-old Brown struck gold at all three.
The Graham Hill-coached middle-distance freestyle specialist returned to his base of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal with seven medals in his baggage, of which just one was silver.
There were two golds in Monaco, three in Canet and a gold and silver to wrap up in Barcelona. He won gold over 200, 400 and 800 on his travels and his sole silver came in the 1500m free in Barcelona.
So he’s in fine frame of mind as Glasgow draws closer.
“Yes, Mare Nostrum was a great success for Graham and I! The week before I had just hit over 100 kilometres at an altitude training camp in Doha, Qatar so to swim the times I did was awesome!
“I not only had speed but my endurance was good as well, which are both encouraging signs for Commonwealth! I had some tough weeks of both training and racing but I’m sure it will stand me in good stead for Commonwealth!
“We have a couple more days here in Durban before we fly to Johannesburg for the holding camp and then move on to Glasgow!
“Right now, I’m just looking at hitting some good times that Graham and I have set together, and if everything goes to plan hopefully I can walk away with a medal or two! That would be really great for us seeing as it’s my first Commonwealth Games!”
In Glasgow, Brown will swim the 400 and 1500m freestyle as well as the 200m free relay. “Graham and I opted to miss the individual 200 free to try focus on the others as it’s difficult to focus on either one as the distances vary quite a lot ÔÇô so getting me ready for all three is Graham’s job, and he’s really good at it.
“So as long as I do what he says and to the best of my ability I know and trust him enough that I will do well!
As far as his own thoughts go on which event he has the best chance of grabbing silverware, the Kearsney College product says: “I think my best chance is in the 400 free, but anything can happen in the other two events!”
Team South Africa will most certainly be hoping that something happens in the other two events as they bid to improve on their 33 medals won at the last Games in Delhi four years ago.