No excuses: Australia's Cate Campbell swam with hernia at Olympic Games
The 24-year-old said that the injury, her second in 12 months, did not impact on her performances in Rio de Janeiro where she failed to win a medal in the 100m despite being the favourite
Australia’s 100 metres freestyle world record holder and swimming gold medal hope Cate Campbell went into the Olympic Games with a painful hernia, a report said Tuesday.
Campbell told The Australian that the hernia, her second in 12 months, did not impact on her performances in Rio de Janeiro where she failed to win a medal in the 100m despite being the favourite.
“I want it to be very clear that I do not make any excuses for my poor performances this past week,” she told the newspaper from Rio.
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The Australian said Campbell’s hernia was detected three months ago, before she broke the world 100m freestyle record during a swim in Brisbane in the lead-up to the Games.
The 24-year-old had hinted at a problem during the swimming in Rio, saying “everyone has injuries and everyone has setbacks”, but made no mention of it as she missed an individual medal in the finals of the 100m and the 50m.
And just like that my Rio campaign has come to an end. It was not the week I worked for, dreamt of and hoped for, but it is the reality I've got. Thank you to everyone for your support, it has made the past 48hours easier. You might all be stuck with me for the next 4 years! #oneteam
A photo posted by Cate Campbell (@cate_campbell) on Aug 14, 2016 at 12:30am PDT
She told Australian Olympic broadcaster Channel 7 that her 100m final swim was “100 percent my fault” and that she went out too hard at the start and was unable to finish as she wanted.
But it was clearly a disappointment for the Queenslander who could have won gold in the 100m final if she had swum as she did in relay events when she posted blistering splits of 51.97 seconds and 52.17sec.
Campbell’s relay efforts helped Australia win gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay and silver in the 4x100m medley relay.
Australian swimming is under scrutiny after they failed to reap the medals expected, accounting for only three of the eight gold medals won by the nation at the games.
Men’s 100m favourite Cameron McEvoy succumbed to pressure and finished seventh in the final, while Mack Horton, who took gold in the 400m freestyle, was fifth in his preferred 1,500m event.
Huge THANK YOU for all the support over the week. Not what you wanted of me, not what I wanted of myself- but your love is my silver lining
— Cate Campbell (@catecamp) August 14, 2016
Campbell’s coach Simon Cusack told the paper that while the hernia was painful there was not enough time for the swimmer to have surgery on it without disrupting her preparations for Rio.
She is now expected to have surgery in October after a post-Games holiday.