Year Awarded: 2006
Sport: Swimming
Team Sport Australia Award

Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay (Swimming) - 2000

The team won gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay in world record time of 7:07.05 seconds, defeating the United States and the Netherlands. The last time Australia won this event was at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, and before that, at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, making it 44 years between each victory.

Olympic Games, Sydney

Team Members: William Kirby, Michael Klim, Todd Pearson, Ian Thorpe

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