Prank back­fires as swim team make Bei­jing

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Scott Morgan

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.

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