Prank backfires as swim team make Beijing
Olympic relay swimmer Orinoco Faamausili-BansePrince thought his trip to Beijing was over before it even began.
Just before the final places in the New Zealand swimming side were announced last month, the Mt Albert Grammar School student fell for a prank by relay teammate Matt Herring.
“He texted me and said: ‘I’ve got some bad news’. I was preparing myself for the worst, then he texted back and said: ‘ Just kidding’.
“I was pretty angry. By the time I saw him I’d calmed down a bit.”
The New Zealand team missed out on automatic Olympic qualification at last year’s world champs after finishing outside the top 12.
But the Kiwis picked up the last of four extra spots available with a time of 3m17.45s at the New Zealand trials in March.
The team still had to wait for other final results before their spot was officially confirmed.
“There were a lot of days spent watching the internet, seeing how the rest of the world was going,” Orinnoco says.
Speed machine: Orinoco Faamausili-Banse-Prince hopes his 4x100m freestyle relay team can make the final in Beijing.