• Alicia Coutts in the 200 Metre Individual Medley during day four of the Australian Swimming Championships 2016. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Veteran Alicia Coutts has booked a third Olympic campaign by claiming 200m individual medley gold just seven months after considering retirement.
11 Apr 2016 - 8:25 AM  UPDATED 11 Apr 2016 - 8:30 AM

Struggling with a lingering shoulder injury that sabotaged her 2015 world titles selection shot, Coutts started planning a life away from swimming last September.

Her coach John Fowlie somehow convinced her not to die wondering after her 2015 world titles trials frustration.

And now, retirement can wait

And, it's the third fastest time of the year

Not bad for someone who almost walked away from the pool just seven months ago.

"I was so close (to retiring) on a couple of occasions," Coutts said.

"Just to know all the hard work has paid off is a nice feeling."

Coutts refused to get down when she endured another setback, pipped for second spot and automatic Rio selection in the 100m butterfly final at the Adelaide trials.

It ensured her only real chance of a third Games was shining in the 200m IM.

Talk about pressure

"I was so nervous. I am just glad I didn't give up when it became hard," she said.

"I am glad I persevered. I want to finish on a high."