WHEN Australia’s glory girls won Olympic gold in the pool yesterday, their first thoughts were not medals or podiums, but stamps.
The 4x100m medallists Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger became the first Australian athletes to feature on the Australia Post’s Gold Medallist Stamps for London 2012.
Led off by Coutts, who earlier swam in the semi-finals of the women’s butterfly and made the final, Australia were third after the first change before Cate Campbell narrowed the gap to second.
Teenager Brittany Elmslie put Australia in front with a blistering 53.41sec split before Melanie Schlanger hung on over a fast-finishing Netherlands with and the United States back in third.
Australia won in 3:33.15 – which was an Olympic record.
The honour was “the thing I was most excited about” ,Campbell, 20, said last night.