Dave was left heartbroken four years later, though, when he missed out on the qualifying time for London 2012 by less than a tenth of a second – a blow that prompted his switch to triathlon, where his swimming ability proved a fantastic springboard and the titles soon began racking up.
Luke, 30, answered a call from British Triathlon and became Dave’s permanent guide in 2019, the pair then fully focused on the Paralympics Games in Japan. But a snapped chain, when in command of that race, forced them into a gut-wrenching abandonment.
It’s no wonder then that Dave, the current world number one, is determined to make the most of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and, alongside Luke, register the major success their hard work deserves.
He said: “There was a lot of disbelief in Tokyo. For it to end like that was a bit of a shock. But as bad as that was, we still had the opportunity and we’ve got another opportunity here. This will probably be our only chance at the Commonwealth Games.