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Hackett to 'play it by ear' for next freestyle event

Updated: March 29, 2007, 10:17 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australian star Grant Hackett was in serious doubt for the 1,500-meter freestyle, an event he has won four straight times at the world swimming championships.

"It is in question, I'm going to play it by ear," Hackett said Friday at a news conference, countering the comments of the Aussie head coach the previous day. "I'm not feeling fantastic. I might leave until just before the race before deciding."

Hackett finished seventh in the 800 freestyle on ...

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