Melanie Schlanger
Melanie Schlanger The Daily/Nicholas Falconer

Schlanger makes the days count

SWIMMING: Melanie Schlanger might not be a household name in Australian sport, but a medal on day one of the London Olympics could change all that.

Having taken out the 100m freestyle at the national championships in Adelaide last month, Schlanger will anchor the 4x100m freestyle relay team in London.

The heats and final of that event are scheduled for day one of the games.

The Sunshine Coaster, part of the Aussie 4x100m team that won gold at the 2007 world championships in world-record time, before following up with a bronze medal in the same event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said taking part in yesterday's official "100-day countdown to the Games" celebrations on the Gold Coast made her realise how close London was.

"It definitely wakened the desire to get there and get started," Schlanger said.

"I remember the 100 days to Beijing event and how quickly that time went."

The 25-year-old leaves for a month-long high-altitude training camp in Mexico on Saturday and will compete in a Grand Prix event in Canberra in late June before flying out to London on July 13.

"I'm trying not to count the days, but trying to make the days count," she said.

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