London 2012: Dave Haller criticises David Davies' old coach
David Davies' coach Dave Haller has accused British Swimming of "over-training" the double Olympic medallist and hampering his London 2012 hopes.
The 27-year-old left Haller's Cardiff stable in 2007 to work with senior Team GB coach Kevin Renshaw at British Swimming's Loughborough base.
returned to Cardiff
in 2010 and Haller claimed: "It didn't work out and he got totally over-trained."
British Swimming has said it will not comment on Haller's criticisms.
Barry swimmer Davies emerged on the international stage when he broke the British record by swimming the then fourth fastest 1500m freestyle time in history in winning
at the 2004 Games in Athens.
Davies won World Championship 1500m bronze in 2005 and struck
in 2006, where he also secured bronze in the 400m.
Davies targets Olympic final spot
He won bronze at the 2007 World Championships before deciding to leave Haller's renowned south Wales training base for British Swimming's headquarters, joining Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and bronze medallist Joanne Jackson.
Davies started to compete in the 10k open water swimming marathon, a newly-recognised Olympic event, and won
silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
after finishing sixth in the 1500m final.
He lowered his 200m and 400m personal bests but decided to return to Haller's Cardiff base after two years away, stating that he needed to "make a change".
Davies admitted: "I have no regrets because if I didn't do it I'd never know.
"I tried some different things, it was successful 50 percent of the time but in the latter half of it didn't go to plan.
"I wouldn't like to criticise anyone, it was harder for Dave to see it happening because he wasn't hands on.
"My body has definitely suffered but nobodyever held a gun to my head and told me to do it, it was my decision to try it and I was guided maybe down the wrong path and maybe it didn't work and it did take a lot out of me.
"But it is done now. I'm going to my third Olympics, probably not in as good as shape I was in the previous two, but I still want to enjoy it and see what I can do."
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