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Pranks childish: Trickett

Veteran Australian swimmer Libby Trickett has described the behaviour of some of the country's male swimmers in the lead-up to the London Olympic Games as ''childish''.

Stories emerged this week of high-profile Australian male swimmers misbehaving at a pre-Games training camp in Manchester, including making prank calls and knocking on bedroom doors.

Trickett, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, said the behaviour of some of her teammates was disappointing.

''I did hear about the knocking on doors and prank phone calls,'' Trickett said yesterday.

''I kind of look at this and think this is very childish. I'm all for having a good time and being light-hearted but I just think there's a time and place.''

Trickett, who won gold as a heat swimmer in the women's 4x100-metre freestyle relay, called for change and welcomed the Swimming Australia review. ''We need to get some structure back. This is a huge learning curve. It's important to have that strong leadership,'' she said.

Public pressure may also have affected preparations ahead of the men's disappointing performance in the 4x100m freestyle relay, Trickett said.

''They expected they were going to win that event … I've learned you can never expect anything,'' she said.

''Unfortunately for the men, they let the pressure get to themselves.'' AAP