Sport 'Challenging': Seebohm, Larkin address torrid Pan Pacs preparation

10:35  10 august  2018
10:35  10 august  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

'You made it harder than it had to be': Olympic star Emily Seebohm takes ANOTHER swipe at swimmer Mitch Larkin 'after his affair with another swimmer'

  'You made it harder than it had to be': Olympic star Emily Seebohm takes ANOTHER swipe at swimmer Mitch Larkin 'after his affair with another swimmer' Australian swimming sensation Emily Seebohm has taken another dig at ex Mitch Larkin on social media, a month after the former golden couple's highly publicised and messy split. The champion backstrokers are currently in Tokyo for the Pan Pacs titles, where Seebohm finished the four-day meet with two gold medals and a silver.The three-time Olympian took to Instagram on Monday to post a pic of her on the medal podium celebrating with her medley relay teammates and what appears to be another swipe at Larkin.

Emily Seebohm remains determined to swim at the Pan Pacs in Tokyo in coming weeks but must overcome more than just a disrupted preparation if she is to bounce b. Focussed: Emily Seebohm is determined to compete at the Pan - Pacs despite her split with Mitch Larkin .

Emily SEEBOHM . For the men’s edition of the 200m back race, Mitch Larkin followed up his 200m IM, 400m IM and 100m back victories with an impressive 4th individual gold in a Pan Pacs qualifying effort.

Tough times: Emily Seebohm has spoken about how her relationship break-up impacted her preparation. © AAP Tough times: Emily Seebohm has spoken about how her relationship break-up impacted her preparation. Far be it from Emily Seebohm to state the obvious, but the backstroker could hardly have described it any other way: "It's not been my best prep."

Instead of preparing in earnest to face some of the best swimmers in the world at this week's Pan Pacs in Tokyo, Seebohm was in the midst of a difficult break-up with team member and fellow backstroker Mitch Larkin.

She briefly joined the team camp in Cairns, where Larkin remained, before returning to Brisbane to complete her training under the eye of long-time coach David Lush. Seebohm then skipped the staging camp in Nagaoka and only arrived in Tokyo on Monday.

Tokyo 2020 will be "breeze": Seebohm

  Tokyo 2020 will be Australia's Emily Seebohm says the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be a "breeze" after emerging from a tough Pan Pacs campaign following a very public break-up.An emotional week appeared to catch up with Seebohm when the world champion was relegated to a shock sixth placing in the 200m backstroke final on the last night of the four-day Pan Pacs in Tokyo on Sunday.

Despite the relationship breakup between Seebohm and Larkin , Jones doesn’t believe it will have any impact on the team’s performance at the Pan - Pacs . Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren has addressed the issue, saying he’s happy with Seebohm ’s preparation .

Emily Seebohm returned to Brisbane ahead of the Pan Pacs . It follows her split with Mitch Larkin . News Corp Australia reported Seebohm would complete her preparation there before heading to Japan.

Her first swim on Friday would be somewhat of a lottery given the disruption in her training but she made it count, winning her heat with a short-lived Pan Pacs record of 58.79s, which was quickly eclipsed by Canada's Kylie Masse (58.29s).

Seebohm said she had little idea as to how she would perform given the emotional toll of the past month. In the end, it was the most pleasant of surprises.

"I didn't really know where I was at. It's not been my best prep. I'm just coming here and trying to tough it out and race the best in the world," Seebohm said.

Strong start: Mitch Larkin (left) celebrates during the medal presentation of the 4x100m Medley Relay Final. © AAP Strong start: Mitch Larkin (left) celebrates during the medal presentation of the 4x100m Medley Relay Final. Seebohm and Larkin suddenly went from the sport pages to the gossip pages, with Seebohm getting papped getting her nails done like she was a visiting Hollywood celebrity.

Dolphins out of water: Flat-pack gym has team pumped for Pan Pacs

  Dolphins out of water: Flat-pack gym has team pumped for Pan Pacs The Australians are bound to look good, at the very least, ahead of their showdown with the Americans next week thanks to a new gym in their host city in Japan.The Dolphins have settled in to what is essentially a flat-pack gym in their staging city of Nagaoka before moving to Tokyo to take on Canada, Japan and the might of the Americans from August 9-12.

Emily Seebohm remains determined to swim at the Pan Pacs in Tokyo in coming weeks but must overcome more than just a disrupted preparation if she is to bounce back to her Focussed: Emily Seebohm is determined to compete at the Pan - Pacs despite her split with Mitch Larkin .

WITH the Pan Pacs looming large, Swimming Australia has jettisoned a psychologist from their competition team - but it’s a move team hierarchy believe will have no effect on athletes. In the wake of her split with fellow Australian swimmer Mitch Larkin , Seebohm left the team camp in Cairns last

She said being given permission to break camp and be with her family and coach was a huge help as she tried to find a way through the fog and produce some big swims at the key Pan Pacs meet.

"It wasn't ideal but it was the best of a worst situation. It was nice to go back home and live in my own bubble and do my own stuff. As to what I'm capable of, I don't know. It's not been a great prep.

"I've got nothing to lose. I've been here, there and everywhere. I'll see how I go."

Larkin had already swum on day one of the meet, leading off the successful gold medal-winning mixed medley relay. He was back in his 100m backstroke event on Friday morning, qualifying sixth for the final.

He said the past few weeks had been "challenging" but he had put his head down and dedicated himself to his work, most of which was aimed at his favoured 200m, in which he won Olympic silver in 2016.

"It's been challenging but we had a fantastic camp in Cairns. It's been a fantastic environment to train and race together. I feel really good," Larkin said.

Cate Campbell's historic swim sets up relay gold at Pan Pacs

  Cate Campbell's historic swim sets up relay gold at Pan Pacs The sprint star set a staggering pace as she anchored a mixed medley relay team that just became a major player heading towards Tokyo 2020. It was an astonishing performance from the Queenslander, who hit the water with a clear lead over Japan's Tomoi Aoki and Olympic and world champion Simone Manuel, who could only steer her US squad to a surprise bronze.

Australian swimming coach Jacco Verhaeren is confident teammates Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm 's split won't affect the Dolphins at the Pan Pacs .The fallout over Mitch Larkin 's George Michael's lover is challenging his will after being left nothing, says cousin. Monday, 30 july 2018.

AUSSIE swim coach Jacco Verhaeren has addressed Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin ’s messy split ahead of the Pan Pacs . With Seebohm only entering camp on Wednesday for the final three days of the two-week training camp in Cairns, it’s been a disrupted preparation for the world backstroke

Cate Campbell allowed herself a slice of chocolate cake on Thursday night after her staggering relay split of 50.93s, which made her the quickest female relay swimmer in history.

She was back in the pool early on Friday, qualifying second for the 100m free final behind America's Olympic champion Simone Manuel, who in turn was desperate to bounce back from a strangely slow relay leg swum in Campbell's wake.

Swimming brilliant relays, then coming up short in the individual 100m, has been a familiar story for Campbell in recent campaigns. She hopes her renewed outlook on swimming - more chill, less stress - can help her deliver on her obvious talents and defend her Pan Pacs title.

Pressure tends to follow Campbell but it's mostly through her own doing. Rattling off historic times can't help but announce to the world you are in smouldering form.

"I'm quite stoked about that one (relay swim). To get under 51 seconds is pretty good, I'll pat myself on the back. I knew that I'd swum a good race when I hit the wall, I'd executed it well and I'd swum it smart, which is the big thing for me," Campbell said.

"I had a little bit of chocolate cake last night as a bit of a reward. I'd been eyeing it off all week and I finally thought I'd earned it. I got back to my room and started winding down, watched a TV show, read a book, wrote in my diary, all of those things I would normally do.

"I want to have more confidence in myself and that's what I'm taking forward."

Accident affected Dressel's Pan Pacs .
Seven-time world champion Caeleb Dressel of the United States has revealed he suffered a motorcycle accident that almost ruled him out of the Pan Pacs in Tokyo.But the Dolphins may have to reassess that view after the United States swimming superstar revealed his horror build-up to the year's major meet.

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