After revealing Bronte Campbell secretly carried a torn calf into the Games, coach Simon Cusack said the younger sister was then reduced to nurse duties as her Olympic roommate Cate was struck down at London with an inflamed pancreas. Cusack said Cate Campbell complained she had “glass in her stomach” before the 4x100m freestyle relay at London – but remarkably still went out and helped Australia claim gold. “She went downhill from there,” Cusack said.
James Roberts has revealed he was hospitalized with a stomach virus and lost 4kg in body weight just a few weeks before the London Olympics where the Weapons of Mass Destruction flopped to fourth. Roberts had been the world No. 2 100m freestyler heading into London but was overtaken for the bronze medal as the relay anchor and then failed to qualify for the individual final in a disappointing meet. The 22-year-old said he struggled to put the weight back on after his illness and felt under-strength in London.
Fellow relay member Eamon Sullivan also swam in London with a concealed injury, having torn his bicep muscle leading into the Games.