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Kyle Chalmers slams AOC's medal prediction 'pressure'

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016 Scott Bailey

Teenage Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers has suggested the Australian Olympic Committee steer clear of medal talk ahead of future Games.

The 100m freestyle gold medallist is concerned the AOC's proud release of its annual benchmark study findings last December placed unnecessary pressure on the swim team in Rio.

"They definitely shouldn't have said that at all," Chalmers told AAP as the Australian Games team arrived home.

"The Dolphins (swim team) people are the ones who know what we're going to achieve.

"They're the ones who have in the back of their minds that to get three gold medals is an amazing achievement.

"But the AOC put a lot more pressure on us."

The AOC issued a statement last December saying Australia "has almost doubled its gold medal tally from the London Olympics" according to its annual benchmark study based on 2015 performances.

"We have moved from a total of 7 gold in London in 2012 to 13 gold this year," team boss Kitty Chiller was quoted as saying. "Overall we've had a better year, the gold medal tally is a tremendous improvement and the signs are good for Rio."

Australia won eight gold in Rio.

The report noted Australia's swimmers were "a standout", having claimed seven golds at last year's world championships.

They won three gold in Rio.

The 2015 figures largely came as a result of dual individual golds from Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm and Bronte Campbell.

None of that trio then managed to win individual golds in Rio, with only Larkin claiming a silver.

Australia's 100m swimming champion Kyle Chalmers believes the Australian Olympic Committee shouldn't discuss medal potential for future Games. © AAP Image/Sam Mooy Australia's 100m swimming champion Kyle Chalmers believes the Australian Olympic Committee shouldn't discuss medal potential for future Games. In contrast, neither of the Dolphins' two individual gold medallists - Chalmers or Mack Horton - won medals in those events last year.

"They've had so much media and they've been built up so much that they definitely had a lot more pressure on their backs than me," Chalmers said.

"I was an underdog coming into this meet. No-one knew who I was.

"It definitely worked for me because I was able to slide under the radar."

The matter of expectation will likely form part of a wider review into Australia's result at the Rio Olympics, which resulted in just 29 medals, including eight golds, the country's worst since Barcelona in 1992.

However AOC chief executive and team deputy boss Fiona de Jong didn't believe the pre-Olympic talk had affected athlete's performances.

"There's no denying the fact that there were some athletes who were disappointed in their performance but I think that's more self-imposed rather than us," she said.

"They're built to put in the best performance of their life. The same way that they hope to do that, we would like for them to do it without it being an expectation."

Meanwhile women's 100m freestyle world record holder, Cate Campbell, said expectations may have placed "intangible pressure" on swimmers, but she didn't believe it was behind her sixth place finish.

"Whether they did or didn't matter is irrelevant," she said.

"And all those little extra things kind of cease to matter in that moment."

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