Asce training class: Asce trainee gets Olympic gold

Asce, 21, is one of the few British young trainees to have made the Rio Olympic team.

The youngster, who trained at the Olympic Training Centre in London and the Sports Performance Centre in South Africa, won gold in the 400m butterfly at the World Championships in Beijing last year.

Asce has made his mark at the top level.

He is a two-time gold medallist in the 100m butterfly and he won silver in the 200m butterfly.

Aged just 21, Asce’s achievements have been well-documented and he has made a name for himself on the world scene.

His form has been consistent and he is the favourite to take the bronze in the 800m freestyle at the Games.

He is expected to make the cut at the Olympics for the first time in a long time and it is hard to see how Asce will struggle to win.

He will be joined by fellow British trainee and Olympic gold medalls Nathan Evans, the world record holder in the 4x100m freemium at the world championships.

England’s Chris Smalling is the only other British athlete on the Olympic team, with fellow Englishman Luke Page making up the remaining five.

Smalling won gold with England in Beijing.

The other medal for England will go to the USA’s Ryan Hall, who was a four-time Olympian at the Commonwealth Games and who is the son of former world champion Michael Hall.

Hall will be hoping to claim his first medal after a four years absence.

Australia’s Justin Gatlin, the only Briton to make an Olympic team in four of the last five years, will miss the Games after undergoing knee surgery.

British trainee Tom Curran is one year younger than Gatlin but has been a regular for England at the Rio Games.

He won silver with the men’s 4x400m freestalk team in Rio and also won bronze in 200m freewalk at the 2014 Games.

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