Aussie swim stars share recipes for gold

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They're the recipes for success in Australia's most fabled Olympic events.

And the ingredients are being passed from generation to generation to extend the nation's rich swimming history.

Australians have captured eight Olympic gold medals in the men's 1500m freestyle - no nation has won the event more.

It's an honour roll of Australian swimming including legends like Andrew 'Boy' Charlton, Murray Rose, John Konrads, Kieren Perkins and Grant Hackett.

At the Olympics, Australians have also won eight silvers and three bronze in the 1500 free.

And in the men's 400m freestyle, Australia's list of six Olympic gold medallists reads like a who's who of the sport, including Rose, Ian Thorpe and Mack Horton.

Now, a structural engineering university student wants to join them.

Jack McLoughlin, a 26-year-old from Brisbane, will contest the freestyle events over 400m, 800m and 1500m at the looming Tokyo Games.

"I don't want to let them down," McLoughlin said of his predecessors.

"They have obviously had a huge impact on the sport of swimming in Australia.

"When you talk about those swimmers, I want to have my name in there as well."

McLoughlin is armed with the not-so secrets to the successes of the past Olympic greats: their training programs.

Known as 'sets' in pool parlance, the programs have been passed down from one swimmer to the next in an Australian spirit of collegiality.

"The reason why we do such a good 400 and 1500 in swimming, it has developed in our nature when swimmers are growing up," McLoughlin said.

"Once you develop those champions ... those coaches then give other coaches the development (plans)."

McLoughin unashamedly seeks to copy his heroes.

"I have sets from Kieren Perkins. I have sets from Grant Hackett. I have sets that Mack did," he said.

"And I know that my coach will then give it on to the next generation as well.

"Kieren Perkins used to come to event camps and distance camps and he used to say 'this is what I did' and we try to mimic it as much as possible.

"Sometimes you don't get as good results as him, but we try our best.

"That is something that swimming in Australia is doing so well at the moment - everyone is sharing their ideas and thoughts, which is producing better swimmers and better results."

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