8:00pm – Tuesday, July 17 on ABC1
Race To London follows six contenders in the year leading up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics where dreams will be made or shattered.
The Olympics and Paralympics loom dangerously close. This year Adelaide hosts the Australian selection swimming trials which will tell the fate of Libby Trickett, Ahmed Kelly and Michael Klim.
Ahmed arrives with his coach, Brad Harris, and extended family. Ahmed’s performances up to this point have not been encouraging. Whether Ahmed goes to London or not comes down to one race. His mother Moira and brother Emmanuel enlist the support of school children as a cheer squad – but nerves run high.
Ahmed has his game face on and stares down the pool. It’s time for business. He swims his heart out; the time is good but is it good enough? His family wait nervously for the results.
Next up is Libby, the golden girl of the pool and a crowd favourite. She lines up in the 100m Butterfly – all her work comes down to this. It’s a great start and she’s right in contention at the turn, but can she hang on? Only the first two places qualify. It’s neck and neck but Libby’s hopes are dashed as she finishes third.
She must get over the disappointment and refocus on her last chance to qualify, the 100m Freestyle.
It’s also now or never for the other comeback kid, Michael Klim. He’s the oldest man in the field and needs to back up a good performance in his 100m Freestyle heat. The young guns of Australian swimming quickly engulf Michael. His aging body is not up to the task of two swims in one day. His last and only chance now rests on his performance in the 100m Butterfly.
Ryley Batt, the world’s best wheelchair rugby player hits the road to train with the Australian Paralympics squad prior to their qualification event in Korea. The training session becomes personal when the national coach, Brad Dubberley, designs a session to deal with Ryley’s one weakness, his composure.