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About to get the Gold medal

'We did it guys!'


  • Only 2nd person in 100 years to win back to back 1500m Olympic golds and only Australian
  • Outstanding Male Olympian Award
  • Australian Distance Swimmer of the Year
  • His Olympic final is the most watched TV show in Australia for 1996
  • Australia's most admired sportsperson
  • Along with Alex Popov, is the only swimming gold medallist from Barcelona to defend his title.
  • Became Australia's first back-to-back individual Olympic gold medallist since Dawn Fraser in 1964
  • At the end of 1996, Kieren held on the all time world rankings places 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the 1500m, places 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 on the 800m, and places 1, 3, 4 and 5 on the 400m. (Is that domination or what? :)


Olympic trials
...and Kieren with an iron imbalance and mystery virus (April)

2nd-1500m (15:11.50)


Olympic Games
(Atlanta, Georgia-July 20-26)

GOLD- 1500m (14:56.40)

4th-4x200 relay (Well, he only swam the heat, not the final. They said he looked 'average'.)

And the people....

  • Kieren Perkins' gold medal swim was the single most watched television event in Australia of the 20th century, despite it being at 10 AM (AEST), a non-prime time spot. 96 per cent of all people watching television on Saturday morning were tuned to the race. Perkins also stopped pedestrian traffic, with Sydney shops and department stores reporting big crowds of shoppers gathered around TV sets, while others listening to the ABC radio call of the race.
  • Kieren Perkins' 1500m freestyle final was overwhelmingly voted the single most outstanding moment of the Atlanta Olympic Games. He polled 55% of the vote, with the 2nd place getter (Cathy Freeman) polling only 6%.
  • Not surprisingly, Kieren Perkins was the hero of the Australian Olympic team, with 34% of the Australian public giving him the thumbs up. The Hockeyroos came second in the hero stakes with 13%.

Swimming was the most watched activity on TV by Australians during the Olympic coverage, with 97% of television viewers tuning in.  

1997 1998 1999

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