The Olympic Games are nearly upon us once again, and among the many things to look forward to, we of course have some incredible athletes competing in the pool to represent Australia!
Over the next three weeks, I will do my best to introduce you to some of our best medal winning chances for the aquatic events in Rio, and of course, the comments section is open for your thoughts and medal tips too!
To go alongside my commentary, I will be posting each week in the lead up to the games a carefully constructed swim set that is dedicated to our medal hopefuls. We will be swimming these sets at Wett Ones’ 10.15am session each Saturday at Cook & Phillip Aquatic Centre – come along and take part! Alternatively, if you are a solo swimmer or from another club feel free to download the sets and enjoy them along with us!
Three Weeks to Go! Cook & Phillip Set 1
Dedicated to the Women’s 4x100m Free Team
Who doesn’t love an awesome relay team? How about a relay team with world record breaking potential? Our first swim set simply had to feature the women’s freestyle team. With three Australian women currently in the global top five ranking of the women’s 100m free, and the only country to have more than one swimmer under the 53-second barrier, we have to be in contention for the gold medal in this event. While relay team members can change right up until the day of competition, here is the likely team:
Bronte Campbell – Second fastest in the world, second fastest in Australia, and the second fastest Campbell sister, with a best time of 52.52s. Bronte is however the reigning world champion and so definitely has what it takes to get the job done in Rio.
Emma McKeon – The third Aussie female under the 53.00s barrier, with the only non-Australian faster being Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. McKeon trains with St Peters Western under Micheal Bohl, alongside 7 other Olympians! (Would love to see the times on their sets!)
Brittney Elmslie – Coming in fourth in this year’s trials, second time Olympian Britt Elmslie is currently ranked tenth in the world with a best time of 53.54s. A change of training venue to the Brisbane performance centre has prompted an incredible return to form for Elmslie and there can be no doubt that she will make a fantastic contribution to the relay.
Cate Campbell – Ranked first in the world, and current world record holder with a time of 52.06s, Cate Campbell is surely favourite to anchor the relay and will hopefully bring home the team with not only a gold medal but also a new relay record.
Click here to download the set dedicated to the 4x100 team!