Lenton Staring at Historical Haul

MELBOURNE, Australia, March 8. CAN Libby Lenton make history at the Commonwealth Games? Well, that’s what coach Stephan Widmer suggested with the competition just a week away. Widmer indicated that he believes Lenton is capable of winning seven gold medals, which would surpass the six gold medals won by Susie O’Neill in 1998 and Ian Thorpe in 2002.

Lenton is scheduled to contest the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, the 100 butterfly and three relays during the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Obviously, Lenton will find considerable opposition in that pursuit. While she’ll battle Alice Mills and Jodie Henry in the freestyle sprints, Lenton must clash with Jessicah Schipper in the 100 fly, an event Schipper won at last summer’s World Championships in Montreal.

"To get the best execution every day in every single race will be the main focus, and if we do that well there can be a great outcome," Widmer told The Australian Associated Press. "She will be very busy, which is a good thing. She likes to be busy. She is fit enough (for the program)."