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Swimming Australia Reviews Olympic Performance on Lack of Medals

August 06, 2012

Swimming Australia Reviews Olympic Performance on Lack of Medals

Australia’s 400-meter women’s freestyle relay team won the country’s only swimming gold at this year’s games. Photographer: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Swimming Australia will conduct a review of its performance in the London Olympics after failing to win an individual gold medal for the first time since the 1976 Montreal games.

“It is clear the world has lifted the bar when it comes to swimming and so must we,” Swimming Australia President David Urquhart said today in an e-mailed statement. “We must do everything possible to get Australian swimming back on top.”

Australia’s 400-meter women’s freestyle relay team won the country’s only swimming gold at this year’s games. The medal tally marks a change of form for the nation’s swimmers, who have amassed more than 178 medals since Freddy Lane won Australia’s first two swimming golds in 1900, according to the country’s Olympic team website.

“I am today announcing a review of our London performance, focusing on Swimming Australia’s high-performance programs and administration,” Urquhart said. “No one should doubt the commitment or effort of our swimmers.”

Athletes including James Magnussen in the men’s 100-meter freestyle and Christian Sprenger in the 100-meter breaststroke placed second in London, bringing Australia’s silver-medal count in the sport to six. The country’s swimmers have won three bronze medals at this year’s games.

Susie O’Neill, who took gold medals in the 200-meter butterfly in 1996 and the 200-meter freestyle in 2000, will lead the performance review with team coach Bill Sweetenham.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kari Lundgren in London at klundgren2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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