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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Wow from the little Plymouth/eastern european girl.

    Australia having a poor meeting and France having an amazing one, big odds on that before the start.

    Aussies poor swimming probably means we will be above them in medal table again.
    With the exception of the men's relay, I'd have thought that Oz has done about as well as expected tbh

    Fact is, we have very few big stars at the peak of their powers anymore e.g. Rice and Jones have done well to reach finals given their preparation/stage of career respectively

    Reckon GB has been the big flop - **** all return on huge investment

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    With the exception of the men's relay, I'd have thought that Oz has done about as well as expected tbh

    Fact is, we have very few big stars at the peak of their powers anymore e.g. Rice and Jones have done well to reach finals given their preparation/stage of career respectively

    Reckon GB has been the big flop - **** all return on huge investment
    See what happens in Rio - China's "investment" certainly looks to be paying off more here than it did in Beijing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    With the exception of the men's relay, I'd have thought that Oz has done about as well as expected tbh

    Fact is, we have very few big stars at the peak of their powers anymore e.g. Rice and Jones have done well to reach finals given their preparation/stage of career respectively

    Reckon GB has been the big flop - **** all return on huge investment
    Well you expect Australia to do well, GB don't do that well at swimming but may get a gold from Adlington and from Payne. We are performing at our usual level, Australia have done very little compared to normal when you consider it is your nations obsession.

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    not as if we put peanuts into the swim team, anyway.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    not as if we put peanuts into the swim team, anyway.....
    I presume it is the most financed sport in the Olympics for you guys?

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    Yeah comfortably

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    the men have sucked for years its no surprise
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    not as if we put peanuts into the swim team, anyway.....
    We do compared to our competitors with even GB (25 million quid) dwarfing our budget


    Anyway, what we spent in the past few years is irrelevant as gold medallists are 6 - 10 years in the making
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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    the men have sucked for years its no surprise
    Australian swimming was relatively crap for a while before Atlanta then Sydney.

    We had the occasional gun like Armstrong or Sieben, but Perkins really got it going for the blokes, and had a lot of really good swimmers come through straight after. Klim, Thorpe, Hackett, Huegill. All world class.

    The Tunsas have been good a while. Riley was good, O'neill, Jones, Lenton, Henry, Thomas, Rice. All cracking swimmers. Better than the blokes for the most part for a good while.
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    So that Chinese swimmer is under as much focus now as the South African runner was a few years ago just because she is brilliant.

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    Yeah I guess you're right Burgey. I've given up on swimming these last few years, the coverage of and atmosphere around it, I wouldn't call it jingoistic but its close; cringeworthy and boring for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    So that Chinese swimmer is under as much focus now as the South African runner was a few years ago just because she is brilliant.
    Yep. When ian Thorpe of Bankstown breaks records at 16 he's a gun. When a bird from Beijing does it she's a doper.

    Which ties in with Uve's point about swimming coverage here - he's right. Very jingoistic and a lot of chest thumping. Which is funny, because most all of our recent swimming champions have been very humble people.

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    Come on Missy Franklin, amazing athlete.

    And the Brit bird, obv.
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    See that's what happens when I support someone.

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    Big swim from Magnussen - no-one in the field for the final has legally gone anywhere near as quick as his sf time so he will take some stopping

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