MEDAL MASTERMIND: Swimming coach Michael Bohl knows the importance of good relay changeovers.
MEDAL MASTERMIND: Swimming coach Michael Bohl knows the importance of good relay changeovers. DAN PELED

Swimmers fine-tuning for Rio relays

SWIMMING: Australia’s Olympic swimmers know full well that slick starts and relay changeovers can make the winning difference, but that fact is again being drilled into them during their Games lead-up in the city of Auburn, Alabama.

Much of yesterday’s training was spent fine-tuning starts, finishes and “flying start” changeovers.

Experienced relay coach Michael Bohl, who has his own squad of seven going to Rio and is in charge of the women’s medley relay team, was among the coaching staff directing traffic.

“When you come together in this camp we’re all here in the one place, so it’s an opportune time to work on the changeover and try to get that team spirit and camaraderie going within the group,” he said.

“They’ve got to try and pull together. We’ve only got 12 days until the meet starts, so for the next 12 days every time we get up and do relay changeovers they’ve got to make sure they’re pulling together as a group, but also in the dining hall when they’re sitting around.

“I think having that group dynamic for those relays is really important.”

Medals are up for grabs in six relay events in Rio, in the men’s and women’s 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley.


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