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Coutts leans on Hackett ahead of Rio Olympics

  • Coutts leans on Hackett ahead of Rio Olympics

    Veteran Alicia Coutts will try to "fuel her hate fire" in her last hurrah at the national trials.

Watching Grant Hackett's comeback has been great for Alicia Coutts, reminding her not to leave anything in the tank in her bid to make the Rio Olympic team.

But it seems she has also snuck in a few re-runs of the comedy movie Pitch Perfect, claiming a near miss helped "fuel her hate fire" in her last hurrah at the Olympic trials in Adelaide.

The five-time Olympic medallist said she was fired up ahead of her pet event, the 200m individual medley, after narrowly missing out on a 100m butterfly Rio berth on Friday night.

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"I guess I kind of feel like Fat Amy (in Pitch Perfect) when she is told she has a burrito stain behind her ear and says 'leave it, it fuels my hate fire'," Coutts laughed.

"That's how I feel - it (100m butterfly miss) fuels my hate fire."

Coutts, 28, looked bound for a 100m `fly top two finish - ensuring Rio selection - before being pipped for silver by surprise packet Madeline Groves.

"I was happy with my swim last night - it was the fastest I have been in three years," Coutts said.

"It was disappointing to be so close.

"I wanted to go into my main event without the pressure.

"But I am here to focus on this event (200m IM) - this is the one I have been working on."

Coutts contemplated retirement after she failed to qualify for the 2015 world titles as she battled a shoulder injury.

But she's determined to not die wondering at the Rio trials - especially after watching Hackett give his all in his failed bid.

The Rio Olympic dream for 35-year-old Hackett died on Friday night when he failed to make the 200m freestyle final.

"I haven't trained this hard to not give it everything I have got," Coutts said.

Coutts was fastest (two minutes, 13.62 seconds) ahead of Saturday night's 200m IM semi-finals.

Another hoping to retire after the Rio Games, Bronte Barratt, was fastest (1:57.86) ahead of Saturday night's 200m freestyle semis.

Chris Wright (1:58.94) was fastest in the 200m butterfly heats.

On Saturday night, dual world champions Mitch Larkin and girlfriend Emily Seebohm will feature in their respective 100m backstroke finals.

Defending champion Cameron McEvoy and former world No.1 Thomas Fraser-Holmes will tangle in the 200m freestyle final.

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