No thanks for the London memories, says Campbell

Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:45pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Australian swimming has moved on from the debacle in the London pool four years ago and it's 'disrespectful' to keep reminding the Olympic team about it in the leadup to Rio de Janeiro, 100 meters freestyle world record holder Cate Campbell has said.

Swimming superpower Australia's proud Olympic record was tarnished at London where they won just a solitary relay title and slumped to their worst medal haul in 20 years.

A post-Games review found a "toxic culture" had developed in the team, along with evidence of drunkenness, prescription drug abuse and mismanagement by senior staff.

Bringing new management to Rio and some outstanding results at recent events, Australia head into the Aug. 5-21 Games with renewed confidence.

London, however, remains a raw nerve for swimmers like Campbell who were on the 2012 team that was lashed by local media as a waste of taxpayers' money.

"We are always asked what has changed since London," Campbell told Australian media at a training camp in Auburn, Alabama. "Now we have a new head coach, we have a new CEO, we have a new president all in 2013.

"In 2014 we had the most successful Commonwealth Games swim team ever.

"In 2015 we topped the medal tally for Olympic events (at the world championships).

"We have moved from a rules-based regime to a values-based regime.   Continued...

Australian Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell trains at the Aquatic centre in Manchester, northern England, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis