Larisa Ilchenko won't defend her title in London2012

source:  September 30, 2011

Beijing Olympic gold medallist in the 2008 swimming in open water 22-year-old Russian woman Larisa Ilchenko confirmed that she won't be able to participate in the Olympiad 2012 in London. The current season, including, world Championship in Shanghai, Ylchenko missed because of problems with her health, and she could only try to qualify for the Olympics by way of the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012 on the River Sado, Setubal. Portugal but she won't attend there too.

"This decision was very difficult to me, but I just put my health in order and I believe that the risk must be justified. I still do not feel the strength to be selected for the Olympics and the fight for victory. I want to be remembered invincible. But I does not exclude the poss that I will prepare for the next Games, "- quoted Ilchenko RIA" Novosti ".