Dolphins aiming to make splash in Russia
AUSTRALIA head coach Jacco Verhaeran is confident the Dolphins swim team can keep fighting their way back to world No. 1 status with a bold showing at next month’s world titles in Kazan in Russia.
The Dolphins team will fly out of Australia for a staging camp in Doha on Saturday, with the Australian team currently boasting the fastest times in the world this year in five individual events, as well as seven No. 2 and three No. 3 times in a promising sign for medals in Kazan.
World champion Cate Campbell has the fastest 50m and 100m freestyle times this year, Emily Seebohm has the quickest 100m and 200m backstroke times while Victorian teen Mack Horton is ranked No. 1 in the 400m freestyle.
Some of their major rivals have not posted top times this year – specifically the USA swim team – but Verhaeren is optimistic this team can improve upon the three gold and 10 silver medal haul at the 2013 world titles.
If Australia salutes in all five events, plus the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team, they would double their gold medal haul from 2013.
It is a promising prospect for Australia that even though reigning champ James Magnussen won’t be in Russia as he recovers from shoulder surgery, spirits are high that this team can keep gathering momentum on the road to Rio.
“I don’t want to go the path of predictions but definitely we have a team with a lot of talent and a lot of athletes that are in the mix for medals,” Verhaeren said.