Team GB swimmer Sarah Vasey has seen her medal hopes slammed by former GB Olympian Mark Foster. Mr Foster was asked to comment on Vasey’s chances of a podium finish in Tokyo on the BBC after a solid performance from the 24-year-old in Sunday’s heats. He said that despite a top 16 qualification, Vasey had little chance of picking up an Olympic medal for Team GB unless she has what he called “an out-of-body experience.”
Vasey made clinched a place in the semi-final with an eleventh place finish in the women’s 100m breaststroke.
Mr Foster told the BBC that the swimmer’s performance had been “good” compared with reason form.
But the former Olympian went on to say: “Do I think she has a shout at a medal?
“I would say no, unless she has an out-of-body experience.”
He continued: “But at the same time she is in there.
“She makes improvements…she can train with Adam [Peaty].
“She is in the right space and the right head frame.
“Anything is possible, make the final first.”
“So, they changed everything around to make the finals in the morning, which is what they have done again here.
“Swimming is very big in the States and they’re very successful.”
In terms of how the timings may affect the performance of British swimmers, he said: “Historically what we do is, in the mornings we have the heats. In the evenings we have the finals so you kind of get used to the way of doing things.
“The evenings are when your body is more awake. As you say there, some people are more morning people than evening people.”