Watch: Connor Jaeger Post-400 Free Press Conference


Connor Jaeger made his second Olympic team tonight by taking first in the men’s 400 freestyle, overcoming a blistering first 300 by Clark Smith and holding Conor Dwyer over the final lap.

During his opening comments, Jaeger described the race:

So I dive in, I feel like I’m pushing it pretty hard, and I’m still staring at Conor Dwyer’s feet the whole race. It was like having some sort of outer body experience around the 200 thinking, man am I out of this or am I going to be able to turn it around? And I basically said, like, there is no giving up in this race. And I — okay. No giving up, and I just went until I couldn’t feel my legs or any arms any longer

When asked about his chances against Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri in Rio:

I think the 400 is a little bit more of — really, either race it’s going to come down to that day and who is going to perform on that day. I mean, Paltrinieri, that guy has been rippin’ it all year, right? But I’m excited to race him.

Read the full transcript here.


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