Australia Takes The Thierry Trophy, Britain Up; USA Rules; China & France Lead Sliders

Australia's big hitters of 2015: clockwise from top left - Bronte Campbell, Cameron McEvoy, Emily Seebohm, Cate Campbell, the women's 4x100m free team, and Mitch Larkin - all images by Patrick B. Kraemer

Strength at the top of the heap – Olympic cycles compared. Australia has been the biggest riser on the world ranks in the four-year, pre-Olympic cycle from 2011 to 2015 when it comes to the pointy end of business, the global top 10 across all Olympic events, from which most medals at the Games are expected to come. The United States remains the overall superpower of the pool by a commanding margin going into Olympic season 2016, though Australia’s women have assumed a leading role in terms of strength in the world top 10

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Strength at the top of the heap – Olympic cycles compared. Australia has been the biggest riser on the world ranks in the four-year, pre-Olympic cycle from 2011 to 2015 when it comes to the pointy end of business, the global top 10 across all Olympic events, from which most medals at the Games are expected to come. The United States remains the overall superpower of the pool by a commanding margin going into Olympic season 2016, though Australia’s women have assumed a leading role in terms of strength in the world top 10

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