Champika Fernando reporting from London Olympic Games
Losing Sri Lankan swimmer at the Olympic Games Heshan Unamboowa confirmed yesterday he broke-down even before his event.
“I was so nervous and I never felt like that ever before,” he said. “So many things were running through my mind. All these years I have been swimming. This is what I have been looking for. I just couldn’t think what I am going to do at the race. That was something I had never felt before. I was under quite a lot of ressure,” the 20-year-old said.
The swimmer felt a slight pain in his left shoulder and was under medication since coming to London.
“I had physiotherapy treatment and pain killers but I did not clear off completely,” he said.
Unamboowa also said that his performance here in the London Games was a major opportunity to assess himself and be prepared for greater challenges as he looks forward to earn a slot at the next Olympics in Rio, Brazil in 2016.
“Now I know where I stand. Before talking of medals or making it to the finals at the Olympics we should look at how we should get to the next level. Make it to the finals or winning medals at Asian level. Then from there on we can take it to the next level. I would definitely want to qualify for the next Olympic Games. Since I am going to be training in the US I think I will be able to improve quite a bit and hopefully make the qualifying time rather than going as a wildcard. For this Olympics also I wanted to make the cut. I was one second away. I told myself I should make the cut for the next Olympics”, he said.