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Kieren Perkins OAM

Date Of Birth

14 July 1973 [Error: he was born in AUGUST]

Place of Birth:



194 cm


85 kg


Commercial, QLD


John Carew


Channel 7 presenter/ swimmer

Competition Results - Domestic

2nd 1500m freestyle (15:11.50), 3rd 400m freestyle (3:52.56) - Telstra Olympic Selection Trials, 1996

1992, 93 and 1994 Australian Swimmer of the Year

1994 Confederation of Australian Sport - Most Popular Sports Personality and Top Male Sportsman

1992, 93 and 94 Queensland Sports Star of the Year

Competition Results - International


FINA prize winner 1995

US Swimming World Male Swimmer of the Year - 1994


Gold 1500m freestyle; silver 800m freestyle, - Pan Pacific Championships, Atlanta


Winner of four gold medals - 1500m freestyle (WR and WR 800m freestyle split); 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle; 4x200m freestyle relay - Commonwealth Games, Victoria

Gold 400m freestyle (WR) and 1500m freestyle - World Championships, Rome

1993 Gold 400, 800, 1500m freestyle, Pan Pacific Championships, Kobe

1992 Gold 800m freestyle (WR), NSW Championships, Blacktown Gold 200, 400 (WR), 1500m (WR) freestyle, Australian Olympic Trials, Canberra

; Gold 1500m freestyle (WR), silver 400m freestyle - Olympic Games, Barcelona


Silver 1500m freestyle - World Championships, Perth Gold, 400, 800, 1500m freestyle (WR 800m split), Pan Pacific Champs, Edmonton


Silver 1500m freestyle - Commonwealth Games, Auckland

Personal Best Times

Has established eight world long course records and swum four of the five fastest times ever over 1500m freestyle

Has the world's fastest performances in Australia and the World in the 400m, 800 and 1500m freestyle

Currently holds the world records for the 400, 800, 1500m freestyle long course and the 800 and 1500m freestyle short course

Long course and Short course -

200m freestyle (1:48.92)

200m freestyle (1:48.01)

400m freestyle (3:43.80 - World Record)

400m freestyle (3:42.26)

800m freestyle (7:46.00 - World Record)

800m freestyle (7:34.90 )- WR

1500m freestyle (14:41.66 - World Record)

1500m freestyle (14:26.52) WR

The world's premier distance swimmer. The Commonwealth, Pan Pacific, World and Olympic champion for 1500m freestyle. The world record holder for 400, 800m and 1500m freestyle. Had to draw on all his ability just to make the Olympic team after an out of character Trials which saw him finish third in the 400m freestyle and fail to qualify for the 200m freestyle final. The eyes of the nation were on Perkins on the final night of the trials when he finished second to Daniel Kowalski in the 1500m final. Subsequent tests have shown a chemical imbalance with his iron stores was the probably cause of his problems. Will only contest the 1500m in Atlanta.

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