Campbell’s 52.33 Lead Can’t Block Romano Punch

David McKeon [Photo: Aniko Kovacs]

Cate Campbell could not have given Australia a better start in the 4x100m freestyle relay: try top a 52.33 lead-off, the best ever in a textile suit by 0.42sec. In terms of impact on the relay result, Megan Romano did: 52.60 at the end of th fight granted the USA a stunning victory over the Olympic champions from Australia, 3:32.31, an American record, to 3:32.43

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Cate Campbell could not have given Australia a better start in the 4x100m freestyle relay: try top a 52.33 lead-off, the best ever in a textile suit by 0.42sec. In terms of impact on the relay result, Megan Romano did: 52.60 at the end of th fight granted the USA a stunning victory over the Olympic champions from Australia, 3:32.31, an American record, to 3:32.43

Comments

Justin Thompson

It’s unfortunate that Coutts had two swims before that free relay. If she came in fresh it would have been a different story, but that is just the reality of the situation tonight.

Belgium_kangoo

Awesome race !! I would have prefered the other way around for the top 2 positions but what a finish from the US !!

and Alicia let nobody down ! she is THE stand out swimmer from London 2012 in the aussie team and again today she proved she is a leader of the team with an incredibly hard triple to do.
If anything the mistake was made by the aussie staff. Why not put Campbell last and Coutts before last.
History has shown time and again that having your best split last is the best option as you gain a psychological advantage by gaining ground on your opponent ! I just can’t understand this tactic of firing your best weapon first =s Especially consideering that alicia was understandably tired they shouldn’t have put her as anchor.

anywayz silver medal in and aussie record is VERY good 😉 especially cause no one swam a bad leg so eventhough they “loose” it’s an honourable loss …

Ps: the same can’t be said for magnussen who SCREW up the relais once again !!! (again a VERY bad choice from the staff to put him first against his nemesis Adrian)

dirkprovin

Actually disagree somewhat with the slapdown on Magnussen. The time was slightly disappointing and they would’ve preferred to have gained an advantage but the AUS-USA situation was essentially neutralised rather than anyone gaining a significant advantage. They DID NOT lose a medal because of this leg but rather at the selection table.

Arguably they would’ve been better served with Magnussen on the anchor leg with a target to chase down but it seems they’ve became obsessed with “front end loading”. The real “drags” were the selection of 2 swimmers in the final line-up whose international records read of mediocre to “non” performance in Tomasso D’Orsogna and especially the perennially insipid James Roberts. They performed as their form book suggested they would ….. and the results speak for themselves.

Among the issues AUS Swimming needs to review is selection policy. Tradition may say that Nationals/Trials are the sole arbiter but is this REALY best serving the sport when it comes to big time international competition ?

aswimfan

Mags said he was spooked by Adrian super fast early swim.

After London, I can’t believe the AUS coaches still put Mags first next to Adrian. He clearly is psychologically scarred.

Belgium_kangoo

Yeah dirkprovin I agree the selection was bad =s Roberts for me is way overrated !

But Istill think James is the one that lost the relay. If he had swum to his level they would have won Gold or at least silver.

Roberts swum at his true level (48’3-48’5) and same for Dorsogna. They never went much faster this season. James on the other end swam three times faster including one in a heat =s

Anywayz, I like the changes they’ve made in the aussie staff and a shake up was long overdue but God they desperately need some tactic training and need to LEARN from their mistakes !!!

Magnussen was burnt psychologically by Adrian first 50 speed, he said it himself =s So yes, it didn’t give an advantage to the americans but it certainly killed any chances the aussies had of winning.

Having Magnussen to lead was the biggest mistake the staff could have make, as soon as I saw Magnussen was going first I knew the Aussie chance of winning was slim =s the guy is obvisouly mentally scarred from last year (who could blame him =s loosing by 1/100 must be tough)

The key to a relay is either back end load or split ur best swimmers evenly !! I’m sure if you do stats, more relays have been won that way !

McGrath

Great stuff from Cate! So sad they didn’t get the Gold… one of the most nervous 3 minutes of my life!

Robert Traynor

Good on ya, Cate, and the rest of the Aussie girls!

Damn disappointing that the world championships are nowhere to be seen on Aussie TV this year.

Craig Lord

Have you tried this (not sure if it works Down Under but it may do… online)… http://www.filmon.com ;;; you have to watch 10sec of an ad to get free service but you can select UK Channels in the menu and find BBC2 – live broadcast.

Belgium_kangoo

yeah if that doesn’t work, try to find a livestream link of eurosport they broadcast it, so does France 2 the french Tv channel. Or just wait one day till someone uploads the races on youtube.

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