Mark Warkentin of the Santa Barbara Swim Club was asked a series of questions prior to departing for Beijing for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim. Here are his first-person answers:
Q2. Regarding your competition, who are you looking out for at the Olympics? Why?
A2. David Davies [of the U.K.] is the scariest person to race. What he did in Seville [at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships] was exceptional. I think he will be the guy who people will be looking at. He took it out so fast and never stopped to drink [at the feeding pontoons]. He really changed the dynamics of racing at the world-class level.
AP photo of Mark Warkentin at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships.
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