Herald Sun

Stok­ing Rio dreams

- TODD BA­LYM

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.

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