Atlanta 1996PERKINS IN ATLANTA

"I was prepared to put everything on the line, " Perkins said. "It was gold or nothing as far as I was concerned, and if that meant dying a very painful death at the 1000m mark, then so be it."

Kieren at his press conference"Words can't describe the feelings. It was difficult winning the gold the first time in 1992, but winning again was a thousand times harder. It's a great feeling that I did it. I went over it a thousand times in my head. I convinced myself I was going to get up and win it."

"I kept imagining myself touching the wall first. I visualized exactly what would happen tonight. Sitting behind the starting blocks I was 100% focused. I knew exactly what was required from me and what I had to do. It was just a matter of letting my instinct take over."

``Tonight is the hardest race I've ever had; it's been the toughest preparation,'' he said. ``At Barcelona, I just got in there and did it, there was no real thought behind it. I was just an 18-year-old who knew how to swim fast. (Tonight) I knew what could go wrong, I knew what could go right; it was a lot harder mentally.''

"I've done a lot of soul-searching about my troubles this spring. I wavered a little bit in my focus and my belief in myself. But when it came down to it, I knew I could get in there and do it."

"This is the Olympic Games. It's never easy for anybody and it doesn't matter who you are or what you've done previously. It's the hardest meet in the world-the Olympics have no respect for reputation."

"I was 18 in Barcelona, I just got in there and did it. Tonight I knew what could go wrong and what could go right. The preparation was tougher."

 When asked if he could win in Sydney 2000, Kieren said, "Hey, if I can win here, I can win anywhere!"

Happy Kieren realises he has, indeed, won... ... Kieren hugs his girlfriend... and Kieren gets his gold medal
Click here to read Kieren speaking in 2001 about how he won the Atlanta race. 

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