Moffat: It's a great day for France

 LONDON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- France's Camille Moffat opened the door for a successful day in the pool for France with her gold medal in the women's 400 meter outlet store

Moffat's triumph came just before the French men's 4 x 100 meters freestyle relay team defeated the American, Russian and Australians teams to claim France's second gold of the evening.
"I didn't see the relay, as I was waiting for the podium, I heard the cheers, but I didn't see, I am really thrilled for them. This has been a great day for the French team and it was the perfect ending for us all," she said.
Moffat said she had stuck to her pre-race plan to take gold
"I knew that if I did what I knew what I had to do, I knew I would be leading unless there was a big surprise, there was still a lot of pressure. I still don't know what my time is, but I know I won and that is what matters at the Olympics."
"I think I swam the best possible race I could tonight, people may think I can swim faster, but that doesn't matter, the thing in a big meeting is to win and I was hurting at the end. I tried not to feel pressure, but there was pressure."
"I tried to stick to my strategy: there is a desire to look around, but I stuck to my plan. I knew I had it in me, I thought I was leading, but didn't know for sure, I did check, but I couldn't for example see lane (where Rebecca Adlington raced)," she explained.
Moffat said she was delighted but commented she wouldn't be celebrating just yet.
"I am thrilled, but I am not going to party on the first day. I hope things will continue to go well, but I have achieved what I aimed to do before coming here. An Olympic title is any athlete's dream. "
"I have been swimming 400 for a couple of years and didn't know whether to swim this or medley, but now I think I made a good decision," she concluded
Meanwhile Rebecca Adlington wasn't disappointed despite taking bronze medal going into the race as reigning champion.
"Beijing was unbelievable experience for me, I never expected gold in this race, so I am very happy," she said, explaining that maybe others had slightly unreal expectations of her.
"Swimming is really hard to win a medal at," she explained. "Everyone gives it 100 percent, we can only do our best and that's why I'm happy with bronze. I am happy to say I am third in the world," said Adlington, who will now go for goal at 800 meters.
"That is much different, it is my favorite event. I know it will be very tough, but I am looking forward to it," she concluded.


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