It is an act of faith to put some professional sportsmen to shame. It is all pursued in his spare time - 6am until 8am and 5pm until 7pm - from his Business Studies degree course at his home town university in Sunderland. 'I used to do 10 sessions a week,' he says, 'but I've managed to stretch that to 11 in the build-up to the Olympics. My philosophy is that I want to push myself so much that every time I come out of a pool I'm a better swimmer than when I went in.'
Wilson is ranked fifth in the world and has a best time of 15min 03sec. 'There is a possibility of a medal,' he says. 'A small one, but the chance is there. All I can do is prepare as well as I can and hope everything comes right on the day. At the moment the training is going very well.' He was due back in the pool. Two hours of fast 100m, 200m and 400m beckoned.
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