The Age Of Re-Signing Is Here: Speedo Shakes Hands With Born-Again Grant Hackett

Grant Hackett, courtesy of Swimming Australia

Speedo Australia today announced the re-signing of Australian swimming legend Grant Hackett. The distance freestyle legend is back in the swim, not only on the comeback trail but heading for the World Championships in Kazan next month. The meet will mark his sixth global long-course showcase as a racer

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Speedo Australia today announced the re-signing of Australian swimming legend Grant Hackett. The distance freestyle legend is back in the swim, not only on the comeback trail but heading for the World Championships in Kazan next month. The meet will mark his sixth global long-course showcase as a racer

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for33

Mr. Hackett is a fantastic swimmer, and had an extremely good performance at the Australian trials. While he only qualified for the 4x200m relay, his 400m freestyle in that meet were also remarkable. I hope that with Mr. Hackett’s help Australia will finally perform according to expectations in the 4x200m male freestyle relay. It’s hard to know who will be on the relay, but in theory the team should be David McKeon, Grant Hackett, Cameron McEvoy, and Thomas Fraser Holmes. Mac Horton should be able to replace one of the weak links, depending on which swimmer has already raced that same day. If all goes well it will be a fearsome battle between Australia and Japan, with Great Britain close behind.

commonwombat

With due respect, I would far rather see Speedo Australia throw support behind a promising up and coming male swimmer than someone who’s best years are long past. Granted the quality of AUS male ranks is very thin on the grounds but just how long is Hackett going to be around …. Rio at best case or next year’s Trials the other likely exit.

For; the AUS M 4X200 may gain some maturity and stability from Hackett’s presence and Horton may be helpful but DO remember 200 is far from his optimal race distance. Even so, the rest have significant question marks on their records. McEvoy’s 2014 outings in this relay were 1.48 ….. forget medals if these are repeated. McKeon is a serial non-performer internationally and 2015 Fraser-Holmes is probably 1.5sec slower than the 2014 model. The “reserves” (Smith & Hertzog) are both 1.47 men so there’s no major boost from them.

TBH, a repeat of 2013 Worlds DNQ for finals would not surprise given there’s likely to be a very tough competition to qualify for this final.

aswimfan

Remember that Horton already split 1:45 at the age of 16/17 in 2013 junior worlds.

Surely he’ll split even faster now?
It’s just that he hasn’t been given a chance since.

commonwombat

Yes, Horton may well be an asset to this relay but one man swimming 1.45 or better isn’t going to make any significant difference if 1-2 of his team-mates throw in pedestrian legs as per their “form-lines”.

Eugene

Well, money is a good motivation for kicking some younger ass, I guess. But I’d really love to see Hackett surprise us once more. Such an inspiration for all the older guys who still compete on different levels. I swam my personal bests in 50 and 100 free this year after many years far from pool, and watching Grant’s performance at 35 really makes me believe that I can push myself further and further, for there’s no limit (even if that’s a lie ?).

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