VIDEO: Six months to Tokyo 2020 and a host of aspiring Olympians are hard at work at University of Bath Sports Training Village
There are exactly six months to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games get under way and aspiring Olympians across a wide range of sports have been hard at work during a typically busy training day at the University of Bath.
The Olympic-sized London 2012 Legacy Pool at the Sports Training Village has been a real hub of activity, with the British Swimming National Centre squad – featuring Rio 2016 silver-medallist James Guy and fellow World Champion Calum Jarvis – having two training sessions.
British Triathlon’s Bath National Training Centre – whose athletes include Olympic bronze-medallist Vicky Holland and Canada’s Joanna Brown – also took to the pool alongside athletes from Pentathlon GB, who have called the STV home for the past two decades.
European Champion Jamie Cooke, World Cup Final winner Joe Choong and world silver-medallist Kate French, who have all set the Tokyo 2020 qualification standard, were among the pentathletes who also had fencing training in the pentathlon hall and a run-shoot session on the outdoor athletics track.
The dedicated high-performance gym for elite athletes was also buzzing as the British Swimming group, fresh from their first pool session, did strength and conditioning work with coaches from the English Institute of Sport (EiS), which also has a centre at the STV.
Already qualified for the Olympic Games is New Zealand athlete Camille Buscomb, who set the standard at 5,000m and 10,000m with top-ten finishes at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Doha.
She has been based at the University of Bath for the past few months and is enjoying being part of a high-performance multi-sport environment.
More than 250 international-level sportspeople are based at the University of Bath’s £35million Sports Training Village. Click here to find out more about our performance sport programme.