Adam took time out on Saturday to officially open the London 2012 Shop at the John Lewis Department Store in Welwyn. About 100 people turned up to see him cut the ceremonial ribbon, along with John Lewis Welwyn, Managing Director, Andrew Slater [pictured below], and members of his senior staff at the store. John Lewis will showcase some 800 official London 2012 products.
Adam spent the weekend putting his feet up in rural Bedfordshire whilst his former team-mates at Auburn were making headlines in the States. The Tigers claimed their sixteenth consecutive Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving title at the University of Tennessee’s Allen Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville. As a former dominant SEC sprint champion Adam stayed up to watch Auburn edge out Florida 730.5 to 700 with Georgia third on 521. In the final session Auburn took 1st, 3rd and equal 5th in the 100 free with Brit James Disney-May claiming the latter position.
Meanwhile another Brit – Richard Charlesworth – returns to Hatfield on Friday from USC [University of Southern California] to challenge for a place on the 2012 team. Like Adam, Charlie swam for Great Britain in 2008 but on the opposite end of the spectrum, the 1500m freestyle.
Adam has swum out a couple of times since Christmas – at the City of Derby Meet and at the BUCS Championships – both at Sheffield, and both unrested and unshaven. He also swam short-course in the UK Challenge at his home pool, the Sportsvillage at the University of Hertfordshire. His 53.33s 100m fly was the fifth best time nationwide over the past 12 months and broke Roberto Pavoni’s East Region record.
Away from racing in the pool, Adam has been interviewed and filmed by the Telegraph (on behalf of British Swimming sponsors British Airways) and by broadcaster ITN. These proved to be a fun diversion from the serious business at hand! Now the countdown to the British Gas Championships has begun in earnest.
Adam started his three-week taper on Tuesday, February 14th.
Adam Brown continues his impressive form, finishing 0.05 off the podium in fourth in the 100m Freestyle at the European Short Course Championships in Sczcecin, Poland in 2011. Swimming TV Interview here.
Konrad Czerniak (POL) led the way to the 50m free semis on 21.12, second best in the world this season just behind the 21.09 of Sergey Fesikov (RUS) last month. Fesikov went through in third on 21.32, behind 21.16 from Marco Orsi (ITA), Adam Brown (GBR) on 21.37, a best time and the closest anyone has come to the British record that has stood to Mark Foster at 21.13 since 2001.
The dash finals: Konrad Czerniak gave Polish supporters reason to raise the roof with a 20.88 victory in the 50m freestyle 0.07sec ahead of Sergey Fesikov, the Russian coached at the ADN Swim project, bronze going to Marco Orsi (ITA) in 21.01. Those three efforts are the fastest in the world so far this season. At the helm of those locked out of the podium race were Luca Dotto (ITA), on 21.30, and Adam Brown (GBR), on 21.41, just 0.04sec shy of the lifetime best he set in heats this morning.
[Craig Lord, http://www.swimnews.com]
Adam had an amazing day doing the Speedo UK launch for the new Fastskin3 which he said was awesome new technology!