Everyone has their own ideas about why the Australian swim team are performing to an Eddie the Eel standard.
Lazy? Arrogant? Over-technical, male coaches, stroke quality vs. quantity, distracting court cases … the list goes on.
But I think Eamon Sullivan summed up the problem after the team lost the 4 x 100m medley: “The strategy didn’t work. We needed a different strategy.”
OK, Eamon, try this on for size: swim faster! It’s a sprint!
It is 100m – all you have to do is dive in and swim your little heart out. And win. There’s no strategy, just swim fast. Preferably faster than the other guys.
Sure, you can train differently, eat more carbs, less carbs, more goji berries, visualise success, or at this stage of the games – pray! It’s not going to hurt! But essentially – swim fast.
There – that’s the strategy. Pure and simple, direct from the couch to the pool. And endorsed by Eddie the Eel.