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Noble lands in London as Olympic dream becomes reality
It is easy to see why Gavin Noble is an International athlete and arguably Ireland’s greatest ever male triathlete. Modesty and focus are the two underlying impressions that are gleaned from talking to the Enniskillen man as he prepares for the Olympic games. Having just landed in London on Monday night he took time out of his busy schedule to talk to the Fermanagh Herald on Tuesday morning and he was as relaxed as ever;
“Things have been good. We are just getting settled in at the moment. We don’t move into the Olympic village until after the race because we wanted to stay close by to the race,” explained Noble.
“It has been a bit mad but ok. I haven’t been back in Enniskillen but my parents have told me that the buzz is good. My parents are the only Noble contingent left in Enniskillen and my mum was telling me that she is getting congratulated as they are out doing their shopping which is a bit mad I suppose.”
A little mad to say the least but despite being centre of attention Noble has been blissfully unaware of the magnitude of his achievements. The first Irish male to every qualify for the Olympic triathlon Noble says it is not something that he thinks about it;
“Yes, I suppose people have been saying it to me but to be honest it is not something that I think about. All I wanted to do was qualify and there is nothing in my mind to say that it is anything extra special because I am the first to do it. Maybe in years to come I will think differently and I suppose it is nice that people are talking about it but it is not something that I think about.”