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Mark Foster column: Team GB now a nation to be feared in the pool after a change in mentality



Mark Foster column: Team GB now a nation to be feared in the pool after a change in mentality


here’s a buzz about Britain and the swimming world is talking about Britain now.

Sure, the US and Australia are still a class above us but teams will come away from this meet looking at what Team GB are doing. It is like, ‘Hang on, Britain are an emerging talent, how have they got here?’

People will want to tap into that culture and understand a programme that goes deep. We’re the top European nation and now third in the world.

It’s up to the swimmers, coaches and support staff to now work out how we can go on, get better and take on Australia.

I really don’t think you can underestimate the Adam Peaty effect. Sure, a lot of good changes have been made: facilities, coaches, programmes, everything is just that bit better across the board.

But every time he opens his mouth, it’s positive, definite, upbeat, full of purpose. His messaging rubs off on the others. Duncan Scott and Co will say as much, you only have to look at his amazing medal haul to see that.

Duncan’s actually quite tough on himself, I see that and think, ‘Don’t be so hard on yourself’. But, at the same time, I like it. He’s the most most decorated British athlete at a single Games and yet he still gives off a sense of disappointment.

I hope when he lands back in London and gets off the plane, he realises quite how much heavier his luggage is than when he left. I hope the photoshoots and interviews make him realise that.

But that disappointment from him, Adam and the other guys in that final race, the 4x100metre medley relay, highlights a change of mentality. A few years ago when they won the silver medal in that event they were really happy.


Heather Knight accepts Pakistan tour withdrawal but hopes England Women can check out in long run



Heather Knight accepts Pakistan tour withdrawal but hopes England Women can visit in future


ngland captain Heather Knight suggests the controversial decision to pull out of the prepared tour of Pakistan was “taken out of our hands” and insists it is critical for women’s cricket that they pay a visit to the state in the long run.

England’s ladies were because of to tour Pakistan for the initially time ever as aspect of a joint white-ball tour with the men’s staff, who were returning for the first time since 2005.

Even so, after New Zealand withdrew their men’s workforce from their tour of Pakistan very last 7 days due to a “credible threat”, the ECB announced on Monday that it too was pulling the plug.

That has drawn fierce criticism from Pakistan, who are confident they can give a protected experience for going to teams.

Knight insisted verdicts on the viability of a tour are not for players, or even captains, to take care of and defended the ECB’s ideal to make the phone.

Talking immediately after her side’s a few-wicket defeat to New Zealand at Leicester, she reported: “We found yesterday that the board experienced built the final decision for us not to go and it’s higher than our heads a minimal bit.

“I feel the the dialogue and the communication between the board and PCA (experienced cricketers’ association) is a robust a person, and it was a tough situation with what experienced gone on with New Zealand.

“I feel using it out of our palms is most likely the right issue to do and, and that was finished with a perspective to consider and glimpse soon after the gamers.

“It’s for the persons higher than us to make people selections and for us to to get on with them and take wherever they are.

“Hopefully, someday in the potential we’ll be able to go. I do consider it is significant for them, notably in women’s cricket with what is going on in the location.”

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