Australian head coach Don Talbot has admitted his surprise at the world
record breaking swimming feats of Dutch revelation Inge de Bruijn and
acknowledged they would cause suspicion.
De Bruijn set a world 50-metre freestyle record at the Dutch
championships on Sunday, one of four world records she has broken over
50m and 100m freestyle and butterfly during the last fortnight.
Talbot said the 26-year-old from Barendrecht had swum below par at the
world short course championships in Athens earlier this year, making
her latest world records unexpected.
"I think people do lift their eyebrows," said Talbot at an Australian
Olympic team training camp in Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
"It's an unfortunate fact of life now that anybody who swims very fast,
makes a big improvement, immediately comes under suspicion.
"It really is sad that situation because good athletes, talented
athletes, should be able to glory in their wins and not be criticised
"It's sad in a way when she's doing so many great times."
Pretty much sums it up really.
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