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Freestyle swimmer returns for second Olympics

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - Chris Duenas is the 3rd and final swimmer representing the island at the Olympics in London. This is Duenas' second Olympic Games where he will be competing in the 100-meter freestyle event. Chris has been in off island preparing for the games, training along side other world-class swimmers.  

Duenas told KUAM Sports, "I've been training in Australia since February getting ready for Oceania and I had a good meet in Oceania but now I'm here and I'm better than I've been before. I'm at a much better level now. I've been doing some racing and training abroad so I think this is race will be better than Beijing and a few of my others in the past couple of years because I've been off the charts I think the last couple of years after the last Olympics so hopefully this one goes pretty well."

With the games just a few days away Chris is looking forward to setting new personal best times in the 100-free. Duenas says the sacrifices he's made up to this point is well worth it and is glad for the opportunity to put Guam on the world stage.

Duenas said, "You have to be willing to wake up in the morning because practice starts at 6:00 am and we're only 5 minutes away from the pool so we wake up at 5:45 am. Even on Guam with my coach Ed Ching getting up real early from 6:00 am to 8:00 am and going from 6:00 am to 8:00 am here in the morning and then going from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at night. The time difference was pretty hard to manage, we are about 9 hours behind over here so it took about a good week to adjust. I'm all adjusted now so 2 hours every session so about 4 hours a day is quite hard."

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