Coutts fears drowning during the 200 freestyle

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Alicia Coutts posted world-leading times in the 100 fly and 200 IM today, but has a fear of drowning during the 200 freestyle tomorrow. “When I was 14, I went to Australian Schools’ Nationals in Perth and on the third turn of the 200m freestyle I blacked out.” Coutts says she only blacked out for “a few seconds”, and after coming to she managed to finish the final lap before collapsing. “It kind of gave me a bit of a phobia of it (the 200m) for a few years. I’ve been doing a little bit of work in training for it and hopefully I can make it to the end without drowning.” Read foxsports.com.au.

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