My God, if I don’t win this swimming race, my family won’t love me anymore.” Race anticipation physically and mentally draining: Hackett Former rival and Olympic medallist Grant Hackett says he can empathise with how Perkins felt. “I’ve had many moments going from that heat swim where it’s felt like a disaster, thinking ‘How am I going to shape up for the final 36 hours later and carry that expectation and actually get up and meet everyone’s expectations of winning?’,” he said. My God, if I don’t win this swimming race, my family won’t love me anymore. Kieren Perkins “And that’s what Kieren had in 1996. Those hours feel like days and you don’t sleep real well, you’re constantly thinking about the race. Physically and mentally and emotionally, it’s just draining.” “King Kieren” had built a reputation for having honed enormous mental strength. His mind-over-matter approach and his ability to compartmentalise had helped him destroy opponents in the pool. Yet with just hours to go before the final, Perkins would suffer the ultimate crisis of confidence.
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