Two Olympic silver medallists are looking to add their names to the London Classics Hall of Fame at Swim Serpentine on Saturday 22 September.
Gail Emms and Leon Taylor both won their medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and it appears their competitive instincts are still burning bright as they prepare for the two-mile swim at Swim Serpentine which will complete their London Classics challenge.
The London Classics is a unique sporting challenge which requires people to run the Virgin Money London Marathon, cycle 100 miles in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and swim two miles at Swim Serpentine.
Both Emms and Taylor set themselves up for completing the London Classics this year by completing the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in July.
Emms, who won a silver medal in the mixed doubled in badminton at the Athens Olympics, completed the London Marathon in 2009.
Taylor, who won his Olympic medal in the 10m synchronised diving and who is now the BBC’s lead commentator on the sport, finished the London Marathon in 2012.
The pair are following in the footsteps of double Olympic gold medal-winning rower Heather Stanning who completed all three events to get her hands on a London Classics medal in 2017.
Another famous hoping to complete the London Classics at Swim Serpentine is Sam Attwater.
The former EastEnders actor and Dancing on Ice winner set himself the challenge of completing all the London Classics in one calendar year to raise money for The Children’s Trust.
Everyone who completes the London Classics receives a specially-designed medal and their name is entered in the London Classics Hall of Fame.
The medal is engraved with the Latin words: Et ego Londinium vici (translation: I too have conquered London).