Russian Swim Champion Battles for Olympic Spot

source: en.ria.ru

Open water swimming champion Ekaterina Seliverstova has angered the Russian swim team by training individually in the hope of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics, head coach Dmitry Belov said Thursday.

Seliverstova won gold at the 2006 and 2010 European Aquatics Championships, both held in Budapest, but has struggled to post competitive times in the last year, finishing outside the top 20 at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.

This year she has shunned the World Cup circuit to work on her speed.

“Seliverstova’s working according to an individual plan. My reaction to it is negative, I don’t like it, but we’ll see what happens,” Belov told RIA Novosti.

With only one place available for Russia's female marathon swimmers at the London Olympics, Belov warned Seliverstova could herself pushed aside by younger, less heralded rivals.

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