Tokyo 2020 - 'If you don’t know how to swim, get in and learn' - Alice Dearing looking to inspire after making history
“It’s bittersweet for me," Dearing said after her effort in the Marathon Swim. "It was incredible to race at the Olympics, but I’m really disappointed with the result, I know I can do better. I want to go to Paris and have a better race." You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+.
Alice Dearing will make history in Tokyo as Britain's first black female Olympic swimmer
“I’m better than that, I know that,” Dearing said. “So I’ll check over what went wrong and look forward to the next one next year.
“It’s bittersweet for me. It was incredible to race at the Olympics, but I’m really disappointed with the result, I know I can do better. I want to go to Paris and have a better race.
“It was just the pace of it, I wasn’t expecting it.
I’ve got a lot to learn, each race is a learning curve and I feel there’s a lot of experience to be gained from this. I feel I’ve got a lot to give within the sport."
Irrespective of the result, Dearing made history by becoming the first black woman to swim for GB at an Olympics. She is hopeful her exploits can inspire others to take up the sport.
“I just want people to know that it’s open and available to you, regardless of your race or your background,” Dearing said.
“If you don’t know how to swim, get in and learn to swim. If you want to go to the Olympics, go and give it your best shot, don’t let anybody tell you it can’t be you. Go and chase your dreams if that’s what you want to do.”
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