Nick D’Arcy allowed to compete at the Australian Selection Trials for the London Games

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 2:24:54 by

Nick D’Arcy allowed to compete at the Australian Selection Trials for the London Games

The Australian controversial swimmer, Nick D’Arcy has been allowed to prove his mettle in the butterfly discipline at the Australian Selection Trials for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The 24-year-old D’Arcy, was expelled from the Australian team to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, after he assaulted the former swimmer, Simon Cowley at a nightclub.

D’Arcy, who was prosecuted by Cowley to pay the damages, filed for bankruptcy, claiming that he would not be able to pay the compensation to Cowley.

Later on, the swimmer suffered serious back injury that put him on the bed rest for 11 weeks. After his recovery, D’Arcy stunned his fans by capturing gold medal of the 200m butterfly and a silver medal in the 100m butterfly at the 2012 NSW State Open Championships.

With his impressive form at the NSW meet, D’Arcy sent a frightening message to his competitors, as he was untouchable in his events.

Nevertheless, the Australian swimmer’s career once again went into darkness when AOC demanded confirmation from Swimming Australia that if they want to include him in the potential list of candidates eligible to qualify for the London Games.

In contrast, Swimming Australia hesitated in submitting their decision to AOC, but now, they have cleared all objections on D’Arcy and allowed him to enter the Australian squad, if he dominates his events at the next month’s Australian trials in Adelaide.

The 24-year-old D’Arcy, who accomplished silver medal of the 200m butterfly at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, is now preparing for his potentially first Olympics.

His coach, Michael Bohl has expressed contentment over AOC’s decision to allow him participate at the trials and believed that D’Arcy would prove himself as a valuable asset of the Australian squad.

He will try to upset his competitors in the 100m and 200m butterfly at the Australian trials, starting from 15th March. D’Arcy will face strong battle from the 2010 Commonwealth gold medallist, Geoff Huegill, who also specialises in the butterfly
discipline and is struggling hard to improve his personal best marks to make a splash at the upcoming Olympic Games.

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