Daniel Wiffen’s Olympic Journey Begins: Vlogging from Antalya Training Camp

Daniel Wiffen vlogged his trip as the Irish Olympic team arrived in Antalya, Turkey to begin their Olympic training camp.

Ireland is sending its largest-ever Olympic swimming team of 12 swimmers to Paris, consisting of 6 men and 6 women.

During a training camp session, Wiffen mentioned completing a set of 30 100s best average, achieving a personal best within the set. However, he declined to disclose the specific time.

Wiffen is coming off a significant amount of momentum following the 2024 World Championships back in February, where he won the 800 and 1500 meter Freestyle and became Ireland’s first-ever World Champion in swimming.

He also holds the World Record in the Short Course 800 meter Freestyle that he set in December.

Wiffen would become Ireland’s first man ever to win a gold medal in swimming at an Olympic Games.

Wiffen is also competing in the 10k Open Water race in Paris taking advantage of a new World Aquatics rule. Any swimmer who has achieved an Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT) or FINA A cut in the 800 or 1500 meter Freestyle events and competes in those events at the Games is eligible to also compete in the 10k open water race, provided it does not exceed their country’s two-per-country limit.

The Irish Olympic roster consists of:

Name Home Programme Home Programme Coach Event/s
Victoria Catterson 

 

National Centre (Dublin), Ireland 

 

Steven Beckerleg 

 

Female 400m Freestyle Relay, 400m Medley Relay (*) 

 

Grace Davison 

 

Ards SC, Ireland 

 

Curtis Coulter 

 

Female 400m Freestyle Relay, 400m Medley Relay (*) 

 

Tom Fannon 

 

National Centre (Dublin), Ireland 

 

Steven Beckerleg 

 

Male 50m Freestyle 

 

Conor Ferguson 

 

Loughborough University, England 

 

Ian Hulme 

 

Male 400m Medley Relay 

 

Darragh Greene 

 

National Centre (Dublin), Ireland 

 

Steven Beckerleg 

 

Male 400m Medley Relay 

 

Danielle Hill 

 

Larne SC, Ireland 

 

Peter Hill 

 

Female 100m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle Relay & 400m Medley Relay
Max McCusker 

 

Millfield School, England 

 

Ryan Livingstone 

 

Male 400m Medley Relay 

 

Mona McSharry 

 

University of Tennessee, USA 

 

Matt Kredich 

 

Female 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke & 400m Medley Relay
Erin Riordan 

 

National Centre (Dublin), Ireland 

 

Steven Beckerleg 

 

Female 400m Freestyle Relay, 400m Medley Relay (*) 

 

Shane Ryan 

 

National Centre (Dublin), Ireland 

 

Steven Beckerleg 

 

Male 400m Medley Relay 

 

Ellen Walshe 

 

Templeogue SC, Ireland 

 

Brian Sweeney 

 

Female 100m Butterfly, 200m IM, 400m IM & 400m Medley Relay
Daniel Wiffen 

 

Loughborough University, England 

 

Andi Manley 

 

Male 800m Freestyle, 1500m Freestyle & Open Water 10km

* To be confirmed following Female 400m Freestyle Relay

 

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Chas
14 days ago

100s PB at what effort? How measure effort…lactate? HR? talk test? perceived exertion? intensity of respiration? So many secrets swimmers and their coaches keep to themselves. What a sport!

DLswim
14 days ago

Did he say that he also did 200’s on 2:00 interval? Depending on how many he fid, that is crazy

Swimmer
15 days ago

I think Danielle hill’s events in the list in the article might not be right – I don’t think she’s a breaststroker.

Admin
Reply to  Swimmer
15 days ago

Think something got offset in the copy/paste. Fixed it now.

ZThomas
15 days ago

So what do we think he averaged? Under :56?

Louiggi
15 days ago

.introduce yourself, tell him that you are doing the a research on irl swimming, and ask him.

Just Keep Swimming
15 days ago

Why would Ireland, a country that is ~650km from France, have a training camp in a city that is ~2,500km away from Paris

Swammer
Reply to  Just Keep Swimming
15 days ago

This is not the olympic precamp with team Ireland. This was loughborough`s just «normal» training camp at the start of june

Last edited 15 days ago by Swammer
WhereIsBoboGigi
Reply to  Swammer
13 days ago

That makes sense now. I was wondering why Team Ireland would train in a place of 1+ hour difference from Paris.

Admin
Reply to  Just Keep Swimming
15 days ago

To get away from distractions.

It’s a great facility.

SJS
15 days ago

Looking forward to seeing the 800/1500. Rooting for BF, but surely gotta respect what this young man is accomplishing.

Hoping for some epic showdowns.

SHRKB8
15 days ago

PB for 30×100’s best average, 1500 WR watch surely. He is really on the cusp of something monumental, not only personally but for the whole of Ireland. Truely wishing him all the best.