Authors: Muireann Duffy and Flavia Festa
Energy Standard captain Chad Le Clos is hopeful that his team can see themselves through the ISL European derby this weekend in London.
“We’re pretty confident, but we’re taking nothing for granted,” said Le Clos at the ISL’s press conference, with his team currently sitting top of the European table.
“I like to try and win every race, but it’s very tough here because there’s a lot of top guys, in my events especially, so you could easily win or come fifth,” added Le Clos.
Despite Energy Standard’s comfort in their position, team Iron will be out to disrupt the current standings at the expense of Le Clos’ side or London Roar.
Iron would need to place first in this weekend’s meet, but they would also need Energy Standard or London Roar to place last, an outcome which is not looking likely given the current form of both teams.
London Roar will also have home advantage in Queen Elizabeth Park, a place where the team’s co-captain Cate Campbell remembers fondly.
“I went and had a look at the Olympic pool for the first time since 2012 and all the memories just came flooding back,” said Campbell, who won gold with the Australian team in the 4x100m freestyle relay seven years ago.
“[Home advantage] always gives you a little lift, when you can hear the crowd roar and it’s a little bit more of an incentive to get your hand on the wall and score as many points as you can,” adds Campbell.
The teams are expecting an electric atmosphere at the sold-out London meet on Saturday and Sunday evening, and London Roar will have to make the most of the occasion to claim their ticket to Las Vegas as Campbell’s co-captain James Guy is well aware.
“It’s going to be hard because we’re missing a lot of our hard hitters, especially some of the lads, but we’ll do what we can, and try to get as many points on the board for the team to make it to that final,” said Guy.
The ISL London meet will be televised on Eurosport 2 at 5pm on Saturday and Sunday and Sports Gazette will be keeping you up to date throughout the event on our social media channels.