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Sunday Territorian 31 Jul 2016



Sunday Territorian 31 Jul 2016


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SUNDAY JULY 31 2016 SPORT 55 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA TODD BALYM Everyone is the hunted so I think you can never take anything for granted C A T E C A M P B E L L having a workout, Dwyer said. But I ended up watching it all. I watched it pretty thoroughly actually, and did the workout after that. Only a few months out from his fourth Olympics, the 37year-old parked the anger and in his third viewing of the loss to Germany, studied what went wrong. Intently. I definitely learned some little things, Dwyer said. We call it single incident determination every time, and there were a couple of incidents when basic skill let us down. One or two yards running earlier could have made a huge dif ference in that game. Theyre little things that you take back to the guys and work on. Was it fate that game, of all games, was looping on the TV? Or a cunning plan from a hidden coach somewhere? Maybe it was, Dwyer grinned. I will have to ask about that. But I am also a big believer in things happen for a reason, and the harder you work the more luck you get. For Dwyer, 37, a second gold medal to go with the one he earned in Athens in 2004 (and the two bronzes in his mums safe) would be perhaps the sweetest prize of all. Aus tralias most-capped player is hanging up the stick after Rio, three years after a spanner was thrown in his original retirement plan. Dwyer planned to call it quits after the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but the fivetime world hockey player of the year was controversially not picked in the 16-man team. The reason given was generational change and the blow lingered longer than a fullstruck shot to the shins. I had to prove myself to coaches, to teammates and to everyone that I was good enough, and that really drove me last year ... Twelve years up to that point I didnt need to prove to anyone that I was good enough. Dwyer doubled down, worked even harder and ended up as the Kookaburras top scorer in 2015. Kookaburra Jamie Dwyer is retiring after Rio Picture: GETTY IMAGES CATE Campbells coach has tried to turn her into a swimming robot but from now until the Rio Olympic Games shes being treated as fragile as a China doll. After two Olympic Games campaigns that ended well in Beijing and started well in London, Campbell is desperately hoping Rio will be third time lucky with a complete week of performance after pancreatitis crippled her midway through the Games four years ago. Which is why right now just eight days out from the Games starting shes got her right wrist strapped. Mainly its because of a painful ganglion, but also its protection from herself. Its just a precaution in case I want to start sleeping like this again, Campbell said, while gesturing with her wrist heavily bent. Everything is about precaution and making sure Im fighting fit form in a couple of weeks time. Getting Campbell fit onto the starting blocks is crucial given she is overwhelming favourite for gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle the event she set a new world record in Brisbane earlier this month. Campbells rise to world record holder has been built on coach Simon Cusacks quest for automaticity, which as Cate explains, is all about taking the mind out of her racing. Its more about training you to do something so when it comes to the big race, you can switch off your mind which is by far the most powerful tool in your body and just let your muscle memory do all the work, she said. Its almost like programming, he is trying to make us as robotic as possible. But that is the thing about the Olympic Games, youre not racing robots, youre racing human beings and that is what makes it so interesting. Which is why despite being a world record holder with half a second advantage over her nearest rival, Campbell insists she remains the underdog. She will race quality rivals in Rio and knows being slightly off her game could be the difference between gold and nothing. When you say Im the hunted Ive got a dual world champion (younger sister Bronte) training with me every day, sleeping in the bed right next to me every night, Campbell said. In the race in Rio there is going to be a dual Olympic gold medallist (Ranomi Kromowidjojo), theres probably also going to be a world record holder in the 100 butterfly (Sarah Sjostrom), who is the hunted? Everyone is the hunted so I think you can never take anything for granted and the great thing about the Olympic Games and why we love it so much is anything can happen. Crazy things happen so you never want to take your eye off the ball and as far as Im concerned Im the underdog and that is the way I approach every race and thats the way you give 100 per cent because youll leave nothing in the tank because there is always someone out there who wants it more than you. And when it comes to the gold medal, its not that Campbell doesnt want it badly, she just wants to replicate that perfect world record swim because that is all she can physically control. The rest is up to fate. Im all about executing a good race and that (world record swim) was an excellent race I executed and if I can replicate that over in Rio I think I can be proud of that no matter the result, she said. Road to Rio is a Sunday Territorian series for the 2016 Olympic Games, presented in partnership with Coca Cola. Veteran Dwyer hungry for one last gold JAMIE Dwyer walked into the Kookaburras gym in March, looked at the TV and spat out an f-bomb. On the screen was a replay of the Olympic semi-final in London. The one where Dwyers Australia led at half time, conceded three goals to Germany in the second half and lost its chance to play for gold. The one that left it in a second successive bronze playoff. I was fuming because it was the last thing I wanted to do was look at that when I was IAIN PAYTEN Cate Campbell stretches as the Australian swim team train at Auburn University in the USA in preparation for the Rio Olympics Picture: ADAM HEAD Australias fastest man out of Games AUSTRALIAS lone 100m sprinter Josh Clarke is out of the Rio Olympics. After struggling with a hamstring injury all year, Clarke has decided he doesnt have the form or fitness to be competitive on the worlds biggest stage. The 21-year-old was looking forward to being Australias first male sprinter to compete at the Games since Athens in 2004. Australian head coach Craig Hilliard praised Clarke for making a courageous decision about his long-term future. This is devastating for Josh, his coaches and family, Hilliard said. Josh has worked tremendously hard to recover from a hamstring injury he sustained earlier this year, but, unfortunately, time has not been his friend and in the best interests of his long-term career he has decided to withdraw. This is a courageous decision, he has chosen to look to his future rather than focusing on an immediate outcome, which is never easy. Josh is an outstanding athlete, he has our full support and we wish him every success as he continues to recover after what has been a difficult year. His career is very young, and I have every confidence that he will return better than ever across the next Olympic cycle. Clarke ran a personal best 10.15 sec in Canberra in February to gain Rio selection, but was struck down by the hamstring problem soon after and didnt race again for the remainder of the Australian season. Queenslands Alex Hartmann is Australias only representative in the mens 200m, while Melissa Breen (100m) and Ella Nelson (200m) will fly the green and gold in the womens sprint events. SCOTT GULLAN Cate running on auto