Thomas Whalan: We have a great chance in London


The Olympic men’s water polo tournament is about to commence. We interviewed the Australian team’s veteran, Thomas Whalan.

– Thomas, congratulations on taking part in your fourth Olympic Games. How does it feel to be in London representing your country at the highest sporting forum?

Thank you Erkin. It’s always a huge honour and absolute high to be representing Australia at the Olympics. Walking out on pool deck and performing in front of Australian fans and the world is a high which every athlete aspires to and one which I have never taken for granted and which I will relish in for every single game here.

– How is London, the Olympic village and the competition facilities? The organization must be good?

The organization and facilities are fantastic. The pools are all located just near the village so travel time to and from games and training venues is short. The pool this year has been specifically constructed for the water polo so although it is smaller than the 50m swimmers pool, the layout with 5000 people extremely close to pool deck will make for a loud and electrifying crowd.

– Based on the teams’ build up so far, what chances do you think the Australian team Vs the others has?

We have a great chance v every team here at the Olympics. Our final tournament in Hungary showed that with consistent performances we can match it and beat good teams. Execution in attack and relentless defence will ensure we’re into the final rounds after week one.

– Good luck, we’ll keep in touch.

About Erkin Эркин Shagaev Шагаев
European, world, Olympic champion, two times World Cup winner Чемпион Европы, мира, Олимпийских игр, двукратный обладатель Кубка мира

4 Responses to Thomas Whalan: We have a great chance in London

  1. Phillip bower says:

    Hi Erkin
    Just wondering when we shall see some comment about the Olympics

    Phillip

    • Hi Phillip, thank you. I’m unable to watch the matches. So my personal comments might come after I’ve seen video records of the matches.
      All I can say is Australia has to win at least one of two remaining matches against Croatia and Greece.

      The preliminary matches in the women’s tournament do not really matter, particularly in the group where Australia is. It does not matter whether you come first or fourth. Since who will make the top four will be decided on 5 August. I’m not sure whether such system makes sense, the teams are preparing for 1500 days and everything just comes to one match.

  2. Antony Proctor says:

    Erkin,

    Just wondering if you have had any time to watch any of the games from London? What were your thoughts on the final make up of the team? Any surprises? Were you happy or disappointed in Australia’s result? Where did the sharks go wrong in the game against Serbia? Anyone step up in the tournament from Australia? The sacking of John Fox was that expected?

    These are only some of the questions i have but i dont want to burden you with all of them as im sure you are a busy man…. I have been checking your blog for updates nearly everyday since the opening ceremony hoping to get an insight into what it would be like as an athlete or coach…..

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