Stoking Rio dreams
EXACTLY 10 years after he last won a world swimming title, Grant Hackett will leave for Russia tomorrow confident he can cap his stunning comeback by standing on the world championships podium in Kazan next month.
Hackett, 35, yesterday confirmed he would pursue a fourth Olympic Games in Rio next year and announced a new deal with Speedo.
Hackett’s immediate focus is helping to lead the Australian 4x200m freestyle relay team on to the podium in Kazan.
Many observers believe the team has the makings of an Olympic gold medal outfit and if Hackett can help them to a top-three result it would be a stunning feat given he last stood on a world titles podium in Montreal a decade ago.
“It seems like a long time ago but it feels like it’s gone pretty quick,” Hackett said.