Australian swimming head coach Rohan Taylor saw his contract extended to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on Monday after one of the country’s best Games in Tokyo.
The Dolphins, as the team are known, won 20 medals in the pool, including nine gold, their biggest win since Athens in 2004.
Taylor, who took over when longtime coach Jacco Verhaeren left last year to return to his native Netherlands, said he was delighted to stay on.
“I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished in Tokyo – athletes, coaches and staff included – and the great environment we’ve built in this team over the past few years,” he said.
“With a shorter cycle to Paris now, I look forward to continuing to work with our coaches and athlete leaders to build on this success and maintain the fantastic culture we have created. “
The Australian team in Tokyo, led by its women, have re-established their credentials as the main challengers of the United States in the pool.
To put it in perspective, the US swim team won just 11 gold, compared to Australia’s nine in Japan, down from 16-3 in Rio.
Swimming Australia chief executive Alex Baumann said Taylor had done “an exceptional job”.
“The board of directors and I are fully in favor of the renewal of Rohan in Paris,” he added.
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