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Swimming Australia to probe London medal haul

Swimming Australia to probe London medal haul
August 7, 2012

Swimming Australia has announced a review of the team's performance at the London Olympics after Australia's swimming contingent failed to collect a single individual gold medal.

A win in the 4 x 100 metres women's freestyle relay resulted in Australia's only gold of the Games to date and prompted the review of the swimming team's performances.

The review will be conducted by experienced coach Bill Sweetenam and Olympic gold medallist Susie O'Neill and will focus on the organisation's high performance programs and administration.

Swimming Australia President David Urquhart advised that "the terms of reference for the review will be developed by the Swimming Australia Board once the Paralympic Games have been completed.

"This review will be independent and it will come to its own conclusions."

Australia's swimmers were expected to replicate their results from the 2008 Beijing Games when Stephanie Rice, Leisel Jones and Libby Trickett all won individual golds.

In a statement, Urquhart explained that it was clear the world had "lifted the bar" when it comes to swimming and his organisation must do the same.

The statement advised that Urquhart and Swimming Australia board members had "agreed we must do everything possible to get Australian swimming back on to", adding "this is not a time for blame and scape-goating, this is an opportunity to make the changes required to rise to the international challenge.

"We are a proud swimming nation, we have a proud history and have the swimming talent and coaches to be the best in the world.

"After every Olympic Games we assess our results and these Games will be no different."

Meanwhile Olympic swimming head coach Leigh Nugent attacked Australia's "easy life" society as the reason for the nation's worst pool performance in 16 years.

Nugent explained "we live in a society where people look for the easy way.

"We don't have 1.3 billion people like China. We have a small population and most sports are looking for the same thing we are looking for in terms of athletes."

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