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British Olympian Marco Loughran to train with Denmark’s VAT Copenhagen Club

Jared Anderson | May 04th, 2015

2012 Great Britain Olympian Marco Loughran will continue training for his international swimming career in Denmark, with the VAT Copenhagen swim club.

VAT Copenhagen announced the move in a press release today, noting that the now-26-year-old Loughran is now living in Denmark.

Loughran qualified for the London Olympics in the 200 back, where he placed 18th overall. More recently, he was the 50 back champion at last summer’s British Swimming Championships.

Loughran has a wide-ranging career internationally. A Brit, Loughran competes for Wales when the British nations split for events like the Commonwealth Games – he competed for Wales at Commonwealths in both 2010 and 2014, swimming the 50 and 100 backstroke last summer.

But as a young swimmer, he attended The Southport School in Australia, and went on to do his college swimming at the University of Florida in the United States. Now, despite still representing Great Britain internationally, Loughran has made the move to Denmark, where he will live and train alongside a solid group of Danish swim stars.

The current VAT Copenhagen group, according to the press release, includes breaststroker Morten Klarskov, a rising senior at USC, Oakland alum Anders Jensen and 2012 Danish Olympian Daniel Skaaning. Jensen in particular should serve as a great training partner for Loughran, as both are primarily backstrokers.

Loughran will have his work cut out for him to make the British Olympic team again, with the rising Chris Walker-Hebborn and stalwart Liam Tancock both still swimming well. Loughran will hope his new training home can get him over the hump to Rio next summer.

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Glasgow 2014: Marco Loughran backs Wales to beat swim target

21 July 2014 Last updated at 06:44 GMT

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Dates: 23 July - 3 August
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, HD, BBC Radio 5 live, Red Button, Connected TVs, online, tablets and mobiles

Wales could exceed their target of six swimming medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, says Marco Loughran.

Jazz Carlin (freestyle), Georgia Davies (backstroke), Jemma Lowe (butterfly) and Thomas Haffield (medley) are seen as good medal prospects.

"If we achieve our personal goals that would help us exceed six," said 25-year-old Loughran who is ranked second in the Commonwealth at 50m backstroke.

"We've got the ability - we've got four or five Olympians on the team."

He added: "For a lot of people this is their second or third Commonwealth Games so they're not going to be shell-shocked when they do turn up."

Loughran believes the relay events may be a rich source of success, thanks to the all round strength of the team.Collapse )

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Team Wales finalise their squad for Glasgow

By Gareth Griffiths | Jul 16, 2014 11:48

With just seven days until the start of the Commonwealth Games, Wales have finalised their 231 strong team to head up to Glasgow following the withdrawal of double world champion Helen Jenkins and suspension of athlete Gareth Warburton.

Meet Team Wales...            

Aquatics (23): Jazz Carlin, Georgia Davies, Mari Davies, Thomas Haffield, Robert Holderness, Callum Jarvis, Daniel Jervis, Ellena Jones, Tom Laxton, Ieuan Lloyd, Marco Loughran, Jemma Lowe, Hannah McCarthy, Xavier Mohammed, Sian Morgan, Otto Putland, Bethan Solan, Danielle Stirrat, Alys Thomas, Jack Thomas, Chloe Tutton, Ryan West, Rachel Williams.

Meet the rest of Meet Team Wales...Collapse )

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2014 Commonwealth Games: Wales name seven swimmers

5 November 2013 Last updated at 11:27 GMT

Seven swimmers have been selected for Wales's team at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Among the seven picked by Commonwealth Games Wales and Swim Wales are Jazz Carlin, Jemma Lowe and Georgia Davies.

The others are Thomas Haffield, Robert Holderness, Ieuan Lloyd and Marco Loughran.

""This will be the strongest ever Welsh team that we"re sending to a Commonwealth Games,"" claimed Swim Wales head coach Martyn Woodroofe.Collapse )

Olympians Davies, Lowe, Lloyd and Loughran will be looking to build on their London 2012 experiences.

"The London 2012 Olympics had always been a dream of mine and to be part of the British team at a home Games was the ultimate achievement," said Davies, who won a bronze in the 50m backstroke in Delhi.

"It was unreal to compete in London but I wish I had performed better.

"I always want more for myself, so I look forward to another home Games in Glasgow next year and to represent Wales at my second Commonwealth Games."

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04 August 2013 @ 12:36 am
Wednesday 7/31/2013
Event 13 Men 200 LC Meter Backstroke

=== B - Final ===
11 *Loughran, Marco 24 NCYY 2:00.11 2:00.18 807 6
r:+0.57 27.75 58.84 (31.09)
1:30.11 (31.27) 2:00.18 (30.07)

Friday 8/2/2013
Event 26 Men 100 LC Meter Backstroke

=== A - Final ===
6 *Loughran, Marco 24 NCYY 55.07 55.38 824 13
r:+0.57 26.74 55.38 (28.64)

Event 28 Men 4x100 LC Meter Medley Relay
1) *Loughran, Marco 24
2) r:+0.20 *Holderness, Rob 23
3) r:+0.49 *Laxton, Tom 23
4) r:+0.17 *Jarvis, Calum 21
r:+0.58 27.20 56.09 (56.09)
1:24.74 (28.65) 1:57.09 (1:01.00)
2:22.02 (24.93) 2:50.68 (53.59)
3:14.47 (23.79) 3:40.53 (49.85)
*Gold medal winning team!

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Swimmer claims best but axed for World Championships

By Richard Spiller | July 05, 2013

Marco Loughran's lifetime best earned him qualification for the World Championships – only to be told he won’t be going.

The 24-year-old Guildford City star missed out on the Barcelona showpiece after British Swimming cut the size of their squad.

Loughran shone at the British Championships in Sheffield – trials for the Worlds – as he produced 54.26sec in the 100m backstroke to take third place, just behind fellow London Olympian Liam Tancock.

It was his first PB in a long-course pool for five years and he went on to produce another exceptional display in the 50m back, a time of 25.16sec in the heats also under the Barcelona qualifying standard.

Loughran qualified joint-first in the semi-final alongside Scot Tancock, the current world record holder and twice world champion at that distance.Collapse )

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Swimmer Marco Loughran sets sights on Rio 2016

2 August 2012 Last updated at 05:14 GMT

Swimmer Marco Loughran aims to be in the top three of his event at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in four years' time.

Loughran missed out on a place in the 200m backstroke semi-finals in London after finishing 18th overall in the heats.

The 23-year-old was making his Olympic debut and has set his sights on 2016.

"You've got the World Champs a year before that. I'd like to be top three," he said.
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“It's been great support. My family have been nothing but a god send. I'm really glad I got them to be here with me today”

"I've got three years to build to that. I've done so much in the last six months so three years is a great period of training."

American-born Loughran, who qualifies to represent Wales through his Welsh father, says competing in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Aquatics Centre had its disadvantages as well as obvious home advantage.Collapse )

"My mum, dad and sister are here. I came up and spoke with them before the race. My dad burst into tears and it was weird seeing a 6ft 5 well built man crying.

"It's been great support. My family have been nothing but a god send. I'm really glad I got them to be here with me today."

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Swimmer Marco Loughran fails to qualify for 200m backstroke semi-final

WalesOnline | Aug 1 2012

Swimmer Marco Loughran has revealed how he made his Welsh father cry just before he competed at the Aquatics centre this morning.

As expected, Loughran failed to qualify for the 200m backstroke semi-final, finishing seventh in his heat with a time of 1:58.72 just ahead of Chris Walker-Hebborn.Collapse )

The 23-year-old, who qualifies for Wales through his father who hails from Caerleon but also has a Venezuelan mother, has arrived in London after stints in Australia and a swimming scholarship at the University of Florida.

One of his good friends and training partner was American star Ryan Lochte who already has two golds in London.

“Ryan has been doing great,” added Loughran.

“He is a strong lad and the most amazing athlete I have ever seen.”

And Loughran wants to join him on the podium in Rio in 2016.

“I would like to be in the top three at Rio and I have four years to work towards that,” he added.

“I have done so much in six months so four years is a long period of training.”

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01 August 2012 @ 04:30 am


Great swim, Marco! Can't wait to see what's in store between now and Rio! :)

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22 July 2012 @ 03:15 am
From Marco's Facebook...

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TSS old boys at the 2012 Olympics

Looking snazzy, Marco! Best of luck in London. :)
Swimming; Marco Loughran aims to make waves at London 2012

Jul 7 2012

WHILE Dai Greene might be the most well-known Welsh Olympian in London this summer, swimming sensation Marco Loughran is probably the least well known of the record-breaking 30 athletes.

But the backstroke ace has one of the most intriguing and exotic stories of this current crop of the Welsh London class of 2012.

The 23-year-old, who qualifies for Wales through his father who hails from Caerleon but also has a Venezuelan mother, has arrived in London after stints in Australia and a swimming scholarship at the University of Florida.

Not quite Marco Polo but his namesake is not far off with a website dedicated to stories about the swimmer called the ‘Daily British Import.’Collapse )

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26 June 2012 @ 01:44 pm
Marco Loughran and six other swimmers were added to Team GB for the Olympics

GB finalise Olympic swimming squad

By | Updated: 24/06/2012 15:16
The second Olympic trials ended in Sheffield with seven swimmers added to Team GB, which at 44 is the largest British contingent ever sent to a Games.

David Carry became the oldest member of the team at 30 when he qualified for his third Olympics in the 400m freestyle, while Siobhan-Marie O'Connor will be the baby at 16 after overcoming the disappointment of missing out at the first trials in London in March to book a spot in the 100m breaststroke.

Marco Loughran (100m backstroke), Chris Walker-Hebborn (100m & 200m backstroke) and Steph Proud (200m backstroke) also made it through at what was the last-chance saloon. Grant Turner and Antony James were picked as relay swimmers to round off the seven.

The British Olympic Association will ratify the British Swimming selection with the final team announced on Sunday.Collapse )

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Marco Loughran clinches 200m Backstroke silver at the 2012 British Gas ASA National Championships to book his spot at London 2012.