Susie Questions Dutch Sensation


By Staff, June 9th, 2000

SUSIE O’NEILL today described the world record-breaking feats of Dutchwoman Inge de Bruijn as “pretty suss.”

De Bruijn, 26, has broken five world records and equalled another over 50 and 100 metres freestyle and butterfly during the past few weeks.

“I’d like to think she’s clean,” O’Neill said.

“But I don’t think we can say that definitely.

“Hopefully she has improved because she’s older and has a good stroke.

“If you do a good time, especially if you’re a female, people are going to think you’re on drugs. It’s disappointing.” After years of trying, O’Neill broke the 1981 world 200m butterfly record during last month’s Australian Olympic trials.

“No-one’s ever suspected me of being on drugs,” O’Neill said today during an Olympic training camp at Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

“I get a bit offended sometimes.

“I’m like: Aren’t I swimming fast enough?”

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