Give them their due: they tried really hard – but the hopes of Australia’s Channel Nine and a certain keeness to rescucitate the sprint saga of Sydney 2000 were smashed like guitars by a mild-mannered Cameron McEvoy and mates at the Australian swimming conference here in Rio today. Plus Jacco Verhaeren’s tribute to Forbes Carlile: He also uttered these poignant words: “Every coach who is selected to an Australian team gets a ring. Mine is No113. Forbes’s ring said No1. He is the No1, the genuine alpha, the Lord of the Rings if you like. He reinvented coaching.”
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