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Alice Dearing: Underwater Redemption of Team GB's First Black Female Olympic Swimmer

Competing in the women's 10km marathon swim at theTokyo Olympics in August 2021, the 24-year-old is the first black female swimmer to represent Team GB. I became a player. olympic games.
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"This is something I never thought I could achieve," Deering told CNN Sport..

"Go to the Olympics. It's been incredible and I'm truly honored to be one of the few selected individuals to represent GB at the Olympics."

Tokyo Riot

Whatever the outcome, she made history the moment she jumped into the sea at Odaiba Kaihin Park. That was the problem. It was all about results.

Her Dearing, who pulled away from the leading pack early on, finished 19th as Brazil's Marcela Cunha won the gold medal. "I'm pretty broken," she told reporters after the race.

Four months later, when CNN spoke with her, her pain was still raw.

"It wasn't what I expected or expected of myself. It was really disappointing," Dearing said.

“It sits with me all the time.

"It really hurts me now that those results have become a reflection of my work."

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'Fuel of the Fire'

After months of intensive training, for now Deering's focus is on Birmingham's 2022 is a Commonwealth game. This is literally home her game for Dearing, who was born and raised in West Her Midlands City.

Her dismay aside, it's probably not surprising that she's already set her sights on the 2024 Paris Olympics, with qualifying scheduled to take place a year before the Games.

The scars in Tokyo weren't enough. Daring would arrive in Paris without the added weight of being a first-time Olympian.

"I wasn't thinking as deeply as I thought I should," Deering said.

"I thought, 'I'm playing the same woman I always play against...how could the competition be any different?' And they were.

" It was exciting and amazing, but also incredibly terrifying.Having knowledge of all the emotions going on only makes my frame of mind and my stance on Paris stronger.

Returning fans

In addition, the attendance of fans, friends and family may boost the event.Historically With a game like no other -- held without fans due to the pandemic -- dear wills, if she can qualify, embrace a more traditional experience in the French capital.

"I can experience the Olympics like I did in the past. There are fans there and I can watch it live," she said. "It's the only time I've ever had someone come see me at a competition overseas, so I'm a little used to not having anyone there to be there for me, but Paris brought friends and family out and everyone

"Hopefully I can swim well, have a really good race, and have a big celebration at the end. It's all part of the fun of sport."