By Chris Burton. Last Updated: 19/08/10 10:37pm
Davies: Gold rush
David Davies admits the opportunity to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games continues to keep him motivated.
The Welshman will enter the London showpiece as one of the home favourites to land a medal in the pool.
A veteran of two previous games, the 25-year-old is the British record holder at 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyle.
He appreciates that the pressure will be on him to deliver on the biggest stage of all and has revealed that the desire to be the best is what continues to spur him on.
"It's what motivates me every day and is one of the main reasons why I am still in the sport," Davies told skysports.com.
"It's a massive ambition to be there. The excitement is building now. It's been something that has been talked about for a long time, but now it is getting close.
"It's going to be a one-off. I certainly will never get the opportunity to compete at one again. The whole country will be behind the British team."
Having taken bronze in the 1,500m freestyle in Athens in 2004 and silver in the men's marathon 10km open water event in Beijing four years later, Davies admits London will be all about the gold rush.
"I will be going all out for a gold, which would be amazing," he said.
"All I can do is make sure that I am ready to go on the day. It will be amazing just to be there, but gold is obviously the target."
While the Olympics remain the ultimate target for any athlete, the 2010 Commonwealth Games are currently foremost in Davies' mind.
The Games, which are due to get underway in Delhi on 3rd October, provide Team GB with an opportunity to represent the respective lands of their birth and Davies is determined to make his fellow Welshman proud.
He said: "As it splits into the home nations, I am chuffed that I will get to represent Wales because I don't get to do that too often. That's always a nice thing, but we do still see ourselves as a Team GB.
"At the last Commonwealth Games I think we had our best squad for many, many years and we only finished second to the Australians.
"This time we are still in very good shape. I think we can compete with the top nations, we are among the best in the world, definitely in the top three or four. I think we will have a few good results."
He added: "I have always focused on the Commonwealths this year. They were always the target for me.
"I have decided to bypass the World Championships so I can be in the best possible shape for October and not worry about anything else."
As alluded to by Davies, much will be expected of the Brits at both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
The success of the likes of Rebecca Adlington, Jo Jackson and Davies himself has helped to raise the profile of the sport and those at the top of the game know they now have a reputation to uphold.
"I guess that always happens when you have success," said Davies.
"There are a lot of talented youngsters coming through as well. There is a really good regime and those guys push each other on. That raises the bar. We all want to do well, we are all professional in our approach and are very positive.
"It's a fast moving sport, so you have to be on your game all the time. There are competitors all over the world now and times are getting quicker and quicker.
"We have to set our standards and know that we can't afford to go backwards. We have to keep on it all the time."
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