At age 23 and making his first-ever appearance at the Olympic Games, Namibia’s marathon swimmer Phillip Seidler is gunning to rewrite history books by becoming the first bather to win a medal for the country in the swimming discipline.

Seidler, who qualified for the ongoing Tokyo Olympics at the International Swimming Federation Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifiers in Setuba, Portugal, will today (11h30 PM Namibian time) hit the waters in the men’s 10km Open Water race around the renowned Odaiba Marine Park.

He will be one of 26 swimmers who will compete for top honours.

Speaking to this publication ahead of today’s race, Seidler expressed great satisfaction with how his training regime has been going.

“I have been doing training twice a day – in the morning and then in the evening. The facilities here are amazing; usually, I train in a 25m pool back at home in Swakopmund – but here, I’m training in a massive 50m pool and it has been quite an experience for me,” he noted.

“My morning training starts at like 06h00 in the morning and it is important that I start my morning training that early, because my actual race here at the Olympics will start at 6h30 Thursday morning, which is 11h30 PM on Wednesday in Namibia, so it’s important that my body adapts to the conditions and water temperature,” said the 2021 South African Open Water Swimming Olympic Trials bronze medallists.

With Namibia making her eighth appearance at the Summer Olympics, Seidler is determined to change the narrative by going one step further and hopefully bag Namibia’s first-ever Olympic medal in the swimming discipline.