LONDON (AFP) –
Australia swimming star Leisel Jones said Monday she felt no pressure at all ahead of the London Olympics having struck gold twice in Beijing.
The reigning 100 metres breaststroke champion also helped Australia win the 4x100m medley relay in China four years ago, having previously been a member of the quartet that triumphed in the 2004 Games in Athens.
At the age of only 26, Jones is about to embark upon her fourth Olympics and, having achieved solo success in Beijing, is now looking forward to soaking up all London 2012 has to offer.
“To say that I’m in the same mindset as I was in Beijing would be completely incorrect,” Jones told a news conference.
“I’m so relaxed and I’m just really enjoying everything about these Games and the lead-up.
“I think Beijing was quite easy in that I knew I wanted gold and did everything to get there. This time it’s just been so much more relaxed, it’s such a different way to look at things and it’s really quite exciting.
“It’s just so nice to have no pressure on.”
By contrast, Jones seemed to suggest the pressure was on Rebecca Soni of the United States, now the dominant force in the women’s 100m breaststroke.
“I’m really excited to be racing Rebecca Soni again and she has been dominating the 100m breaststroke for about the last four years,” Jones said.
“She is one of my toughest competitors. I really enjoy racing against her. She is one of the greatest I have ever seen. It’s going to be a very tough race.”