Grant Hackett A Dolphin In Gold Cap Once More As Cameron McEvoy Defends Crown

Cameron McEvoy keeps the crown; Grant Hackett returns to the school - images courtesy of Swimming Australia

McEvoy defends, Hackett is back. The 200m free final at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney in the very pool where Hackett claimed his first Olympic gold back at the 2000 Games, was a feisty affair that flooded the season world top 10

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McEvoy defends, Hackett is back. The 200m free final at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney in the very pool where Hackett claimed his first Olympic gold back at the 2000 Games, was a feisty affair that flooded the season world top 10

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Verram

Amazing race!!!

ant

He set the 200 free world record in relay lead off at the pan pac trials not a club meet

Craig Lord

No one said it was a club meet – I have it down as Aus nationals – (which were trials for PPs that year). Not sure where you got the club meet from, ant

Personal Best

It may have been a club relay at the national trials.

Either way… great effort by Hackett.
Top four under 1:47… a shame about Fraser-Holmes, whose best is a 1:45… but the relay will be strong.

aswimfan

It is good for Australia to have Hackett in the 4×200. He can finally show the youngsters how to do it in the biggest stage, and maybe, just maybe Australia can finally regain the 4×200 crown, in which they should have medaled in 2013 but not even qualified to final.

longstroke

It’s such a pity Grant Hackett did not win a third gold medal in the 1500 in Brijing. As I recall his time in qualifying was faster than the gold medal winning time. In his heat he was challenged aggressively by Ryan Cochran swimming in the lane alongside him and responded accordingly. If he had backed off he still would have qualified comfortably and probably would have had a little bit extra to give in the final to earn gold.

Craig Lord

longstroke, ‘aggresively’ is relative to the moment: many of them emerged from heats to say that they were surprised with the times and that they hadn’t felt they’d given it too much… there was a good deal of nervousness over what the suits could do and a fair few were worried that they’d get left out if they didn’t put in a fast effort.

aswimfan

I must agree with CL.
I remember Beijing like it was yesterday. The shiny suit did screw up with many regular swims.
Even Hackett was surprised to have blasted that 14:38 in the prelims.
Years later after the London’s stillnox drama, hackett also claimed he was addicted to and still affected by stillnox during Beijing final.

Verram

Don’t forget to add Mack Horton to the 4×200 mix.. If everything goes right, he is also capable of pulling out a 1.45s split

aswimfan

Verram, I agree. Horton already split 1:45 in 2013 Worlds Junior

CT

Dare we Aussies dream that the Dolphins could take out all four free relays at the worlds. We are looking extremely strong in the 100m and are firming in the 200m. We now have four swimmers in the current world top ten in this event for both men and women. Veteran and team leader and mentor Grant Hackett may just provide the edge the squad needs to bring home the gold.

CT

Cameron McEvoy just keeps getting better and better the older and fitter he gets. No pretence about “the professor”” either. As humble a champion as you will find. I love the way he scientifically analyses a race .

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