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Share Tweet this Email Reuters guardian.uk , Friday 30 March 2012 michael kors womens watches cheap 17.04 BST Equatorial Guinea's Eric (the Eel) Moussambani at Heathrow airport in October 2000. Now he returns for London 2012. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA One of the Olympics' most famous underdogs, Eric the Eel, is set to make a splash at London 2012 after being named coach for the Equatorial Guinea swimming team.
Eric Moussambani, michael kors womens watches cheap who became an overnight celebrity at the Sydney Games in 2000 when he slowly made his way through a 100m freestyle heat, was appointed by the country's Olympic committee earlier this month, the government website said.
Moussambani will combine his job in the oil industry with his coaching duties, the website said. "Even today he still receives requests on our website requesting interviews," it added.
It is not certain how many swimmers will travel from the African nation to London for the London Games.
It is a turn around in fortunes for Moussambani, who had complained of being shunned and ridiculed in Equatorial Guinea after becoming a cult figure around the world for his Olympic endeavours and lack of swimming acumen.
In Sydney michael kors womens watches cheap , Moussambani swam his heat on his own after the other michael kors womens watches cheap two competitors were disqualified for false starting. Having never swum competitively in a 50m michael kors womens watches cheap pool, Moussambani flagged near the end of his solo heat and appeared to almost sink as he approached the finish.
Roared on by the 17,000-strong crowd, his time of 1:52.72 was the slowest seen at an Olympics and more than a minute behind the world record. But he received a standing ovation and instant fame as reporters dubbed him "Eric the Eel".
It was then discovered Moussambani had only been swimming for eight months and trained in a 20m hotel pool.