Swim furore won't derail Olympics: coach

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Australian swimming's sexism controversy won't derail the nation's Olympics, according to head swim coach Rohan Taylor.

Taylor says the furore triggered by dual Olympic silver medallist Maddie Groves isn't pervading the Australian swim team ahead of the Tokyo Games.

Groves withdrew from Australia's Olympic selection trials citing "misogynistic perverts in sport".

Her claims triggered other reports of incidents including fat-shaming of female swimmers.

Swimming Australia (SA) has admitted unacceptable treatment of some swimmers dates back decades while forming an independent panel to investigate any complaints.

But Taylor says the controversy isn't an issue inside the 35-strong swim team which is in Cairns preparing for the Tokyo Games starting on July 23.

"(SA chief executive) Alex Baumann and the executive are really managing that space," Taylor told reporters on Monday.

"The administration have put the panel together, they're going to continue down that process. That is something that is in their area.

"For us internally, I work with the athlete leaders for the last 12 months in preparing the team environment and working on that.

"So they (team leaders) are the eyes and ears and everybody is focused on these Olympics, that is absolutely what is happening here.

"We're enjoying being together as a team ... if anything were to pop up, I would be aware of that - and it hasn't."

Australia's Kyle Chalmers, the reigning 100-metres freestyle Olympic champion, and Emma McKeon on Monday confirmed they had dropped an event from their Tokyo program.

Chalmers and McKeon opted out of their respective 200m freestyle events to prioritise elsewhere - Chalmers, his 100m freestyle title defence and McKeon, the 50m and 100m freestyles and the 100m butterfly.

Both will also be relay linchpins as Taylor's team set their sights on knocking the United States off their pedestal as world swimming's top nation.

"The Americans have a target because they're the proven performers at the Olympics," Taylor said.

"They are the number one - we're trying to pinch as many as we can from them and we need to prove ourselves.

"They (the US) have got predictions that they will win all the female events - that's great if they think that.

"It's up to us to take those medals from them and we plan on trying to have a crack at it."

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