Heat's on as SASI stars finetune for world titles
2 July 2019
IT'S down to business for the Australian Dolphins Swimming Team as it goes through its paces at a training camp in Cairns before heading to Gwangju, South Korea, for the world swimming championship from July 21.
The team, which consists of 27 athletes including SASI and Olympic gold medallists Madi Wilson and Kyle Chalmers, is using the lead up as a blueprint for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
SASI Swimming Head Coach Peter Bishop, who is one of the coaches heading to South Korea, said the preparation had been solid.
"It is a very tough team to get into with just 27 on the team so everyone picked was in good form,'' Bishop said.
"Kyle and Madi are in good spaces and are tracking well. But everyone has to perform again and it is a chance to take on the best.
"You could say we are hoping this is a blueprint of what we will do in 12 months to follow a similar routine in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics.
"It is testing the waters and a chance to get used to an event like this. We hope to do it all again next year.''
Both Wilson and Chalmers said they were looking forward to the experience and developing their craft and were healthy and set to go.
Despite the outstanding success Chalmers has chalked up in the past three years he still says he has improvement in him.
"Things are looking really good but it's another learning experience,'' Chalmers said.
"I will have a solid program with the 100 and 200m and heats and hopefully semis and finals and the relays.
"It's going to be busy but I'm keen to see how that works . I'm keen to test myself and then re-assess how things are going after the world titles.''
Chalmers takes some excellent form into the world titles after the recent Australian swimming trials.
He won the 50m in 22.09, the 100m free in 47.35 which was the fastest time in the world this season and shaved off 0.13 of his personal best set at the national titles in April in Adelaide.
His devastating success in the 200m free also was a Chalmers personal best.
He is expected to meet defending US world champion Caeleb Dressel in the 100m.
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