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Australian swimming great Leisel Jones has lifted the lid on a “toxic culture” she says infiltrated the Olympic team, how she felt “underwhelmed” when winning gold for her country, and a knock on the door that saved her life.

Jones, now 36, burst onto the scene as a 14-year-old to wear the green and gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she stunned the Games by winning silver in the 100m breaststroke.

But that success at a young age catapulted her to a level she wasn’t quite ready for. At Athens in 2004 she was the race favourite, but failed to place in her pet event. She finally broke the duck at Beijing in 2008, where she thumped the opposition to win breaststroke gold and clocked the second fastest time in history – only beaten by her own world record.

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It was her crowning moment but soon after that the dynamic within the Australian swim team began to change, Jones says.

“It’s kind of hard to put your finger on it,” she told A Life of Greatness with Sarah Grynberg.

“I guess now when I’ve worked in corporate situations, when you hear people talk about toxic cultures, it’s kind of really hard to put your finger on where it actually started and what is actually happening.”

Even though Johns was on top of the swimming world after Beijing, she then entered a spiral of depression which almost claimed her life.

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In 2011 she had planned to end it, and was sitting on the floor of a hotel bathroom in Spain with a box of sleeping tablets. It was only a knock on the door from her coach that stopped her going through with the attempt.

With the help of a sports psychologist, Jones was able to put her sporting career into better perspective.

“I think that moment for sure changed my opinion on all of that, that I started to realise that there’s so much more to life than just swimming or the job that you do or how you see yourself,” she said.

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“That wake up call was exactly what I needed at that point that there is so much more to life and to who we are as people and the impact we can have on others can be so beneficial.

“I think too, I snapped out of a very selfish view of the world that it was all about me and everyone cared about what I was doing and everyone cared that I was winning.”

Jones went to the 2012 Games in London where she became Australia’s first woman to compete at four Olympics. She finished fifth in defending her 100m breaststroke crown.

But by this stage the Australian team had completely changed from when she debuted more than a decade earlier.

And while she was still only in her mid-20s, Jones says she struggled to form the same connection with the younger generation of athletes who were now her teammates.

“So people like myself were coming towards the end of their career. People like Grant Hackett had retired, Ian Thorpe had retired, people like Susie O’Neill, people who had come through that era where we had to work so hard and we had to fight our way onto the team,” Jones said.

“And we had to have certain, I guess, characteristics is the best word I can use for that, that were … we cared for our teammates, and we looked out for everyone and like I said, I was 14 on my first team. I had people like Susie O’Neill, who were caring about me as a youngster and showing me the ropes and demonstrating how things were done.

“And then someone like me, who’s then 27 on their last team in London. The generation had changed and I didn’t really keep up with that. So I was trying to guide and help young athletes coming through that were like, ‘We don’t care, we do it differently to you’.

“I’ve also got to keep in mind, too, that social media was a big thing that changed throughout this time. So from probably about 2008 I think the first iPhone was coming out … but the social media was changing. Everything was changing, the landscape of how we interacted, and we didn’t have that in 2004 or the year 2000.

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“Facebook didn’t exist. None of that was around and the landscape was changing, and I just didn’t really keep up with it. It was so hard to be a part of a generation that was completely different.

“Although I was not older … I wasn’t that much older, I was as a generation. I was older because I sort of belonged in that, that year 2000-2004 era of swimming and it felt like I was being pushed out of that generation.

“I wasn’t typically old, but I felt old.”

Jones won nine Olympic medals for Australia, but none of them offered her the level of elation she had expected.

“It’s just so underwhelming,” she said of winning gold.

“I think the issue is we have these expectations of what it’s going to feel like and we think we’re going to feel fulfilled when this happens… none of that’s true.

“It just means that you’ve just got an extra piece of silverware that sits in the cupboard and you never look at it again, which is what I do.”

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South Korea's midfielder #07 Son Heung-min celebrates his team's victory during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Portugal at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 2, 2022.

South Korea’s midfielder #07 Son Heung-min celebrates his team’s victory during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Portugal at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 2, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

DOHA—- Son Heung-min described South Korea’s agonizing wait for confirmation of their place in World Cup knockout rounds “the longest six minutes of my life” after their 2-1 win over Portugal on Friday saw them advance to the last 16.

The Korean captain set up Hwang Hee-chan to score a 91st minute winner against Fernando Santos’ side and leave the Taeguk Warriors hoping Uruguay would be unable to add to their two-goal lead over Ghana in the other Group H match.

Another goal would have taken Uruguay into the last 16 at Korea’s expense on goal-difference and the squad huddled together on the Education City Stadium pitch watching on digital devices as the South Americans ultimately fell short.

“It was the longest six minutes of my life, but in the circle we were really positive,” said Son, who will be playing in the World Cup knockout rounds for the first time in his career.

“I said: if Uruguay score one more goal, I’m very proud of this team and very happy that you gave it everything and we will see what’s going to happen.

“We were just waiting, but it was a long wait.”

Korea’s win over the Portuguese carried echoes of their 2-0 victory over Germany in Russia four years ago, which eliminated the then-defending champions.

Son scored deep into injury time in that game in Kazan only for the win to be academic, with Korea failing to progress as Mexico’s 3-0 loss against Sweden took both nations through at the expense of the Shin Tae-yong coached side.

“This time was different,” said Son. “We were waiting for another result but I didn’t even think about four years ago because I was so happy and I was so proud at this moment.”

The Koreans will next take on tournament favorites Brazil on Monday with Son praising the unity within Paulo Bento’s squad.

“We spend more time than with friends and family,” he said. “In the camp the guys are already here more than a month.

“We’re really, really close. I’m really grateful to those who didn’t play, they could be sad but they didn’t show their disappointment.

“They gave everything on the bench and support us and that makes a huge difference, to be one team than going in different ways.

“I’m very happy, very grateful to lead this team and have this team. This makes a huge difference.”

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Fifa lettering is displayed at the presentation ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Ghana at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha, on November 28, 2022.

Fifa lettering is displayed at the presentation ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Ghana at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha, on November 28, 2022. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

With the World Cup knockout phase having begun, here is an overview of the teams advancing to the last 16 at the tournament in Qatar:

HOW DOES THE KNOCKOUT STAGE AT WORLD CUP 2022 WORK?

  • In the knockout stage the teams will play each other once, with the winning team going to the next round. There are total of four rounds: Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, which will take place on Dec. 18.
  • There is also a third place playoff between the losers of the semi-finals.
  • If the scores are equal at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played for two periods of 15 minutes each. If the score is still tied, this is followed by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.

WHICH TEAMS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE KNOCKOUT STAGE?

GROUP A

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FILE–Netherlands’ Davy Klaassen celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates REUTERS/Molly Darlington

  • The Netherlands secured a place in the last 16 with victories over African champions Senegal and hosts Qatar, topping Group A despite a 1-1 draw with Ecuador.
  •  The reigning African Champions started the World Cup with a loss to the Netherlands, but they turned their fortunes with a 3-1 win over hosts Qatar and a decisive 2-1 win over Ecuador.

GROUP B

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FILE–England’s forward #11 Marcus Rashford (C front) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

  • England punched their ticket to the knockout phase as top of Group B with 7 points, following emphatic victories against Wales and Iran and a goalless draw with the United States.
  • The United States qualified as runner-up of Group B after a 1-0 victory over Iran in a match overshadowed by political tension following draws with Wales and England.

GROUP C

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FILE–FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group C – Argentina v Mexico – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – November 26, 2022 Argentina’s Enzo Fernandez celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

  • Argentina clawed back the top spot in Group C with wins over Mexico and Poland after a shocking loss in the opener against Saudi Arabia. They will next face Australia on Saturday.
  • Poland clinched a spot in the last 16 as runners-up of Group C after a win over Saudi Arabia, a draw with Mexico and a loss to Argentina. They meet France on Sunday.

GROUP D

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FILE–FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group D – France v Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar – November 26, 2022 France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

  • Reigning champion France delivered on expectations and became the first team to qualify for the last 16 with consecutive Group D wins over Australia and Denmark, followed by a 1-0 loss to Tunisia.
  • Australia claimed a spot in the last 16 as Group D runners-up with 6 points from wins over Tunisia and Denmark. They go on to face Argentina on Saturday.

GROUP E

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group E - Japan v Spain - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 1, 2022 Japan's Maya Yoshida and Daizen Maeda celebrate with teammates after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages

FILE–FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group E – Japan v Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 1, 2022 Japan’s Maya Yoshida and Daizen Maeda celebrate with teammates after the match as Japan qualify for the knockout stages REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

  •  Japan surged into the last 16 as the unlikely winners of Group E after the Samurai Blue staged two stunning comeback wins over Germany and Spain, losing only to Costa Rica. They will face Croatia on Monday.
  •  Spain clinched a spot in the last 16 with a blowout against Costa Rica, followed by a draw with Germany and a loss to Japan. They will meet Morocco on Tuesday.

GROUP F

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  •  Morocco topped Group F with wins over Canada and Belgium following a goalless draw with Croatia, and will play against Spain on Tuesday.
  •  Croatia joined the last 16 after two goalless draws with Morocco and Belgium and a 4-1 victory over Canada. They will next face Japan on Monday.

Group G

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FILE–FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group G – Cameroon v Brazil – Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar – December 2, 2022 Cameroon’s Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu with teammates look dejected as Cameroon are eliminated from the World Cup REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

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  • Brazil booked their ticket for the knockout stage with back-to-back wins against Switzerland and Serbia, followed by a 1-0 loss to Cameroon. They will face South Korea on Monday.
  • Switzerland secured the runners-up spot in Group G with a 3-2 win over Serbia and a victory over Cameroon, and will go on to play Portugal on Tuesday.

GROUP H

South Korea's players celebrate qualifying for the World Cup last 16 at Uruguay's expense during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Portugal at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 2, 2022.

South Korea’s players celebrate qualifying for the World Cup last 16 at Uruguay’s expense during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between South Korea and Portugal at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on December 2, 2022. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

  • Portugal finished Group H with a defeat by South Korea but held on to their top spot to face Switzerland on Tuesday.
  •  South Korea clinched entry to the knockout stage with a last-gasp win over already-qualified Portugal, following a goalless draw with Uruguay and a loss to Ghana.

WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE KNOCKOUT STAGE? (PHILIPPINE TIME)

December 3

Netherlands vs United States (11 p.m.)

December 4

Argentina vs Australia (3 a.m.)
France vs Poland (11 p.m.)

December 5

England vs Senegal (3 a.m.)
Japan vs Croatia (11 p.m.)

December 6

Brazil vs South Korea (3 a.m)
Morroco vs Spain (11 p.m.)

December 7

Portugal vs Switzerland (3 a.m.)

WHICH TEAMS ARE OUT OF THE WORLD CUP?

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  • Group A: Ecuador and Qatar
  •  Group B: Iran and Wales
  •  Group C: Mexico and Saudi Arabia
  •  Group D: Tunisia and Denmark
  •  Group E: Germany and Costa Rica
  •  Group F: Belgium and Canada
  •  Group G: Cameroon and Serbia
  •  Group H: Uruguay and Ghana

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Luis Suarez wasn’t afraid to question FIFA after Uruguay were eliminated from the World Cup in the group stages.

In what was likely his final World Cup campaign, Suarez was substituted and watched on as Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0, but were dumped out of the World Cup as South Korea snatched a late win against Portugal elsewhere in Group H.

Hwang Hee-chan’s late goal meant South Korea were level on points with Uruguay, but advanced on goal difference.

Controversially, Uruguay were denied a penalty that – if scored – would’ve seen them through to the last 16, when Daniel Amartey appeared to bundle over Darwin Nunez in the second half.

Suarez spoke on that incident after the game to Teledoce, as well as discussing a challenge on Edinson Cavani and the emotions that followed: “I feel sadness and disappointment. My son is also leaving the stadium with the image of that sadness, so for a father it is difficult, but he has to face the situation that he has.

“I see a penalty for Cavani because he is cut off by the defender and he puts his body in front of him. Darwin’s is very clear too. They are not excuses, but incredible penalties are being awarded in this World Cup. And there is the committee of referees and FIFA, and they have to try to explain themselves better, at least.”

He added, going after FIFA once again: “I saw a France player with his children on the substitute bench. So why always (is it a problem) against Uruguay? It seems that we have to have another power at the media level to have access to have my children to allow them come down for a second to greet me, but hey, that’s FIFA.”

The 35-year-old remains without a club and is highly unlikely to represent Uruguay at the next World Cup in 2026, with time ticking on his career, where he thrived at Liverpool and Barcelona at the highest level.

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