Bronte Campbell One of Aussie Swimmers Disappointed in Rio

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Whilst the Aussie Rio Olympic swimmers did not provide any major gaffs in the pool, such as drowning, they still has what to them and swimming experts would have to be considered underwhelming results.

Bronte Campbell supplies a case in point.

She had gone much faster in the trials, but issues from a shoulder injury that had hampered her training regimen proved to be her undoing. She had won three golds in the 2015 Worlds, so expectations for her in the Olympics were perhaps unrealistically high.

She claimed gold as a member of the 4 x 100 freestyle relay, but in the individual events for which she qualified, she was a desultory fourth in the 100 m freestyle and seventh in the 50 m freestyle.

It seems that surgery for her shoulder is not an option, so the option she does have, to rest the shoulder, is not conducive to maintaining the extreme, dare we say ridiculous, level of fitness world-class swimmers require in a sport where the difference between winning and losing is often a matter of hundredths of a second.

Bronte Campbell faces an uncertain future and has taken away from the Olympics the pragmatic approach of competing at less than optimum fitness and racing well despite not being at her best.