London 2012 Olympics: Eric the Eel comeback as coach

Do you remember Eric the Eel He'll be back at London games… as a coach!

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17:45 GMT, 30 March 2012

One of the Olympics’ most famous underdogs, Eric the Eel, is set to make a splash at the London Games after being named coach for the Equatorial Guinea swim team.

Eric Moussambani, who became an overnight celebrity at the Sydney Games in 2000 when he slowly made his way through a 100 metres freestyle heat, was appointed by the country’s Olympic committee earlier this month, as revealed by a government website.

Moussambani will combine his job in the oil industry with his coaching duties.

He's back! Eric the Eel will attend the London Olympics as a coach

He's back! Eric the Eel will attend the London Olympics as a coach

'Even today (he) still receives requests on our website requesting interviews,' it reads on the site.

It is not certain how many swimmers will travel from the small African nation to London for the Games which start on July 27.

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, Moussambani swam his heat on his own after the other two competitors were disqualified for false starting.

Legend: Eric was emphatically cheered as he eventually finished the race

Legend: Eric was emphatically cheered as he eventually finished the race

Having never swum competitively in a 50-metre 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 20-metre hotel pool.