Despite no James Magnussen, Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren is backing his team to improve on their impressive 2013 world titles medal haul at this month's championships in Russia.
Watching pool-side as a TV commentator, Grant Hackett admits he saw a "fragmented" Australian swimming team ahead of their ill-fated London Olympic campaign.
Ahead of his first world swimming titles in eight years, a rejuvenated Grant Hackett believes the pressure is on his younger rivals to keep him out of the team.
Australians Chelsea Gubecka and Kareena Lee took on the world's best in the open water swimming 10km event at the World Championships.
The withdrawal of James Magnussen has failed to place any pressure on fellow defending champion Cate Campbell to shine at this week's world swimming titles.
Australia’s open water swimmers Simon Huitenga and George O’Brien both fought hard in the rough and tumble open water 10km ride at the World Championships.
Australia has had an encouraging start to the FINA World Championships with Jess Walker finishing fifth and Melissa Gorman seventh in the 5km open water event.