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pwb
December 6th, 2014, 11:50 AM
http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/06/grant-hackett-out-of-retirement-swimming-olympics-australia/

I wonder where he'd focus his efforts. With the crop of 1500 guys that Australia has, that might be a challenge, but Hackett was exceptional from the 200 through the 1500. If he comes back, does he make the 4 x 200 relay? The 200 individually? The 400 or 1500?

hlopez84
December 11th, 2014, 12:17 PM
I think his best shot is probably in the 800 free relay and maybe the 400free. At 34 I do not see him qualifying for the 1500.

Sportygeek
April 3rd, 2015, 06:51 AM
Australian Swimming Championships (selection meet for Worlds) currently on. Hackett entered in 100, 200 and 400 free.

400 free was today. Hackett 3rd place, 3:46.53
http://m.smh.com.au/sport/swimming/grant-hackett-finishes-third-in-400m-freestyle-final-at-national-titles-20150403-1mecv7.html

And yes, primarily targeting the 200 because relay.

pwb
April 3rd, 2015, 09:12 AM
That 3:46 was exceptional. Although he's got some tough competition at home to make Rio in an individual event, I think this swim puts him back in the mix for the 400. I suspect he'll make the 4 x 200 team for their Worlds team this summer. I don't know the Aussie selection rules if they bring relay only swimmers or the Worlds' rules to know if he goes as a relay swimmer if he'd still be able to compete in any individual events. Any way you cut it, that was an impressive swim.

At the top of the podium, it's great to see Mack Horton to continue to break through. If Sun Yang is going to have a challenger, I think it is coming from Mr. Horton.

Sportygeek
April 4th, 2015, 06:12 AM
200 free prelims and semis swum. Hackett 3rd fastest qualifier into the final (tomorrow). His semi time 1:47.42

scyfreestyler
April 4th, 2015, 11:41 AM
Everybody likes a good comeback story! Well, I do anyhow!

This was on SwimSwam's IG account yesterday...

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orca1946
April 4th, 2015, 02:58 PM
On any given race a come back could take place. Wait till the times are in !

Sportygeek
April 5th, 2015, 05:27 AM
200 free final swum. Hackett 4th. 1:46.84
Grant Hackett finishes fourth in 200m final to claim relay spot at world titles
(http://m.smh.com.au/sport/swimming/grant-hackett-finishes-fourth-in-200m-final-to-claim-relay-spot-at-world-titles-20150405-1mewmd.touch.touch.html)

orca1946
April 6th, 2015, 11:08 AM
I saw Missy Franklin go a 1:39 at the NCAA meet. WOW!

Sportygeek
April 6th, 2015, 06:42 PM
Australian Swimming Championships = LCM. Missy's NCAA time needs converting to be at all comparable. (Missy's converted time - 1:52.10 - would have won the Women's event by 3.78 seconds, and placed 26th in the men's!)

Grant Hackett has probably been outdone for "comeback story of the meet", too. My teammate, Monique Murphy, won a silver medal in the Women's multiclass 400m freestyle yesterday, with a time that ranks her number 6 in the world - a year after the accident where she lost her leg and suffered multiple other serious injuries.

ande
April 7th, 2015, 03:04 PM
Hackett's comeback is over, he has arrived, he is back and likely to get even better.
Amazing what he did with 6 months of training after 6 years off.

MartinK
April 8th, 2015, 03:53 AM
Hackett's comeback is over, he has arrived, he is back and likely to get even better.
Amazing what he did with 6 months of training after 6 years off.

I don't belive he just trained only 6 months. It can't be true.
He must have done somethings during the 6 years abstinence...lying on a couch and eating potatos 6 years long and than come back and swiming 3:46 and 1:46 that blows everybodys mind...
Was he on drug test the last 6 years or at least the last 6 months?
Just a questions.
I dont know but this kind of comeback storys are always a little bit suspect to be true...

Sportygeek
April 8th, 2015, 04:40 PM
He's been in the ASADA (Australian Sports Drug Agency) testing pool since he indicated his intent to compete again. I don't know how often, if at all, he was drug tested before Nationals (people I know in testing pool average ~1 random out of competition test a year). He would almost certainly have been tested at Nats.

I don't know how much swimming he did during his retirement. As many of us can attest, there is a difference between getting in ocassionally and training for peak performance. Hackett started *seriously* training again approximately 6 months ago, that's pretty much 100% certain. Might have done some uncoached base building in public lap lanes before that, but he wasn't part of a squad.

geochuck
April 8th, 2015, 05:27 PM
Hackett one of my two favorite swimmers.