The message was simple from champion breaststroker Christian Sprenger’s camp after his 2013 100m breaststroke world title success – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
So not even a stunning 200m breaststroke win at the Commonwealth Games trials in Brisbane that booked a flight to Glasgow on Tuesday night could convince Sprenger to change his approach.
Dabbling in the four-lap event for the first time in four years, Sprenger clocked a remarkable two minutes, 08.63 seconds to claim gold.
Yet Sprenger said nothing had changed ahead of what seemed an inevitable 100m final Glasgow showdown with his nemesis Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa.
“It’s actually not a bad swim,” he said.
“But I still have no intention of doing it at Glasgow at this point.
“The ultimate goal is 100m gold – same as Cameron – so the 200m doesn’t really show up on my radar.”
Cynics believed Sprenger already faced enough hurdles ahead of the Glasgow Games before surprisingly adding the 200m to his Brisbane program.
And some had raised eyebrows when he vowed to push his limits at an age – 28 – when most swimmers would be winding down their career.
But asked if he could find another level ahead of Glasgow, Sprenger said: “I would like to think there is.
“When you are looking at speeds close to world record pace you are looking at gaining a one per cent improvement.
“That gets harder to find but I always have my ears open on what others are doing.
“And when racing against Cameron, considering he won at London and I beat him at the world titles, when we line up at Glasgow it could get pretty heated.”