The way Alicia Coutts sees it, Australia are “guaranteed” women’s 4x100m freestyle gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games whether she swims in it or not.
And it seems Australia may also have the women’s 200m individual medley Commonwealth title in the bag after Coutts’ scorching effort at the national titles in Brisbane on Friday night.
Five-time Delhi 2010 gold medallist Coutts surprised on Friday when she announced she would not defend her 100m freestyle crown at Glasgow after pulling out of the event in Brisbane.
Coutts – also a five-time London Olympic medallist – was keen to organise a time trial later in order to be considered for a Glasgow 100m relay berth.
However, she believed Australia would win the relay gold even without her Midas touch.
“It would be nice to be able to be in the (relay) team,” said Coutts, who also claimed five medals at the 2013 world titles.
“But let’s be honest, at the Commonwealth Games we are guaranteed a gold medal pretty much.
“I won’t be upset if I am not in the team.”
Coutts said she only contested the 100m freestyle in Delhi four years ago because “there was no one else doing it”.
Coutts dropped the 100m freestyle to concentrate on her main event the 200m IM in Brisbane.
It paid off – Coutts (two minutes, 08.89 seconds) claimed out her second straight national title in the fastest time of the year ahead of Emily Seebohm (2:11.25) in Friday night’s final.
The effort was just shy of her Olympic silver medal-winning time at London, a personal best 2:08.15.
And Coutts (26.36) backed up to grab silver behind Commonwealth record holder Marieke D’Cruz (26.20) in the women’s 50m butterfly final.
Yet Coutts was not completely content at the Brisbane venue after the introduction of an outside warm-up pool at this year’s nationals.
“It doesn’t feel like a nationals,” she said.
“You have no idea of what is going on (in main pool). It’s kind of a bit disjointed.
“It doesn’t give you that excitement factor.
“It’s not my favourite complex.”