Aussie Swimmer Michael Klim to be Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as part of Class of 2022 – Updated

Michael Klim

Michael Klim has been called the best relay swimmer ever.  He is a three-time Olympian, multi-time world champion and 21-time world record holder.  1998 was Klim’s year in the sun. In January, the FINA World Aquatics Championships were held in Perth, Western Australia, and in front of a boisterous home crowd, he was the leading swimmer of the meet. He triumphed in the 200m freestyle and the 100m butterfly, added silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m freestyle. He was a member of each of Australia’s three relay teams, winning gold in the 4×200m freestyle relay and 4×100m medley relay, and a silver in the 4×100m freestyle relay.


Michael Klim at World Championships


Michael Klim and the gold-medal Australian Relay team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

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At the 2000 Summer Olympics, Klim set a world record (48.18) leading off the 4×100m freestyle relay, which paved the way for a world record (3:13.67), beating the Americans in this event for the first time in Olympic history. Three days later, he was part of the 4×200m freestyle relay, which set another world record (7:07.05), which left the opposition over 5 seconds in arrears on its way to victory.


Michael Klim holding the Australian flag with his medals.

His 100m freestyle world record, was bested by Pieter van den Hoogenband in the semi’s. In the final, he turned first at the wall, but his legs gave out in the second half and he placed fourth. In the 100m butterfly, he was the world record holder, again turning first at the wall heavily under world record pace but was cut down in the closing stages by Sweden’s Lars Frölander, finishing second. On the final night, he claimed silver as part of the 4×100m medley relay team. Still quite a performance.