52-member Australian swimming team arrive for Commonwealth Games

September 30th, 2010 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) The strong 52-member Australian swimming team, which was training in Kuala Lumpur and had some security fears, flew down here Wednesday night.

Australian swimmer Eamon Sullivan tweeted describing the conditions in the Games Village as “livable”

“First night in Delhi down. The apartments are…. Well, livable! Going to the food hall to explore!”, he tweeted.

Andrew Lauterstein seemed to be enjoying the village: “Living large in the Village,” he tweeted.

Some swimmers had spent time in the team camp in Malaysia deliberating on whether or not to compete in India.

“There have been (security) concerns right before we came to right to when we were here but not enough to stop them from coming,” said head coach Leigh Nugent.

Nugent believes that every Australian team would have had concerned athletes.

“We are no different,” Nugent said.

Nugent expressed his relief that all had chosen to travel.

“We sure are (happy),” Nugent said. “Racing starts Monday so we are looking forward to that.”

Nugent thinks this team can achieve the Melbourne Commonwealth Games tally of over 50 medals, despite the fact that there are 31 debutants this time around.

“They are good enough,” Nugent said.

While the other sports may have been depleted due to withdrawals, the pool is set to be a world class battle with England and Australia set to vie for the top spot on the medals table.

England’s team members have been talking up their chances - Australia weren’t.

“We will leave the talking to the swimming pool,” Nugent said.

England were second to Australia in the swimming medals table in Melbourne with eight golds, 11 silvers and four bronzes. Team England contains Great Britain team members who won a best-ever third spot in the European Championships in August.

The six-day pool programme starts Oct 4.

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