The Australian swimming team lowered their hair and partyed by the pool after the world championships last month – while the Chinese athletes were brought by an intensive military boat camp.
The dolphins took home 19 medals during the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, and became second in the rankings to the United States.
The impressive effort, including five gold medals, earned the athletes a vacation in Bali – where swimmers could relax next to the pool instead of working in it.
For comparison: the Chinese team did not live up to expectations and won seven medals at the swimming events.
The Australian swimming team went partying in Bali after the world championships last month – while the Chinese athletes underwent an intensive military boat camp. Pictured: Australian swimmers Bronte Campbell, Czech swimmer Barbora Zavadova, Leah Neale, Emma McKeon, Jess Hansen
The dolphins took home 19 medals during the 18th FINA World Championships in South Korea. L-R pictured: Jess Hansen Barbora Zavadova, Australia, Leah Neale
The Chinese team did not meet expectations and won seven medals during the swimming events. They were sent to a military-style training camp in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games
Amid the disappointing performance, including three gold medals, the athletes were sent to the People & # 39; s Liberation Army Sports Training Center in Beijing.
The five-day camp would serve as preparation for next year's Olympic Games and build up spirit within the team and the country, News Corp. reported.
Chinese swimming team leader Cheng Hao said: “The military training this time, which is the second time in the history of the Chinese National Swimming Team, was to build a sense of discipline among Chinese athletes, to build a tighter team spirit, their sense of mission, making the team members love our Chinese Communist Party and our country so that the athletes are fully prepared for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. & # 39;
The athletes put on matching military clothing on camp photos shared with the Chinese social media site Weibo.
The swimmers stood in unison, seemingly responsive to authority, and recited paper information in a formal classroom.
Controversial freestyler Sun Yang was nowhere to be seen, but the camp included Ye Shiwen, who won two gold medals in London 2012, and dual men's backstroke world champion Xu Jiayu.
The boot camp was to & # 39; increase the sense of discipline of the Chinese athletes, build a stronger team spirit, increase their sense of mission & # 39;
Pictured: Leah Neale and Emma McKeon enjoy free time in Bali
Fu Yuanhui, who went viral for her response to winning bronze in Rio in 2016, was also present at the camp.
She failed to win a medal during the world championships and placed an update of the military camp for her fans.
& # 39; I have endured some difficult times in my career, but I learned at training camp that I should keep trying, make a breakthrough, and never give up if I have problems, & she said on Weibo.
Cheng said Sun needed time to & # 39; recover & # 39; because he & # 39; tired physically and mentally & # 39; is.
Australian swimmer Mack Horton refused to share the podium with victorious Sun after winning silver in the men's 400 m freestyle final on July 21. Sun won two from China & three gold medals.
Olympic gold medalist and world champion Bronte Campbell (left) wrote: & # 39; Girl Week done in Bali ft. Shallow water belly flops, marshmallows at sunset, Finns fooling us that we could behave like VIP's and a large group of girls that it's all unforgettable & # 39;
The five-day camp of China was intended to prepare for next year's Olympic Games and to build the spirit within the team and the country
Swimmers were a drug addict. Sun was allowed to participate in a hearing with sports arbitration in September.
Australian swimmers Leah Neale, Jessica Hansen, Bronte Campbell and Emma McKeon were able to relax after the championships taking a & # 39; girl trip & # 39; to Bali.
Olympic gold medalist and world champion Bronte wrote: & # 39; Girl Week in Bali done ft. Shallow water belly flops, marshmallows at sunset, Finns fooling us that we could behave like VIP's and a large group of girls who made it all memorable & # 39; .
McKeon shared similar feelings, writing on Instagram: “Vacation and rest time feels so much more special after a big season, and even better with great friends. Fortunately I met great people through what I do & # 39 ;.
Australian swimmer Mack Horton refused to share the podium with victorious Sun after winning silver in the 400 m freestyle final on July 21. Sun won two of the three gold medals in China
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