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Ross Davenport after the Mens 200m Freestyle during the British Gas Swimming Championships at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 5, 2012. See PA story SWIMMING London. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ross Davenport after the Mens 200m Freestyle during the British Gas Swimming Championships at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 5, 2012. See PA story SWIMMING London. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Ross Davenport admits he went in his first Olympic 
Games as a wide-eyed youngster but eight years later he’s savouring every moment

The 28-year-old will swim in his third Games in London 2012 after qualifying for the 4x200m relay, and the Belper-born athlete can’t wait for the excitement to begin.

The double Commonwealth Games champion got a taste of the atmosphere at the official Team GB kitting out at Loughborough University, where he is based.

Ross feels the day was an important landmark during the countdown to the Games. He said: “The amount of kit we get is absolutely incredible. Now I’ve got a t-shirt I need to go and finish the job off.”

Davenport was disappointed to miss out on selection for the individual 200m freestyle after finishing tenth at the Beijing Games in 2008 and will only swim the relay, as he did making his Games bow as a 20-year-old in Athens.

Older and wiser, Davenport believes he is well placed to enjoy all the benefits of the Games.

He said: “Over the next few days, it’s about the rest,” he revealed. All the hard slog is in the bank now and it’s just about putting your feet up, relaxing and making sure we’re sharp and ready to go when the gun goes.”

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