Australian Butterflier, Jon Sieben to be Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as Part of Class of 2022 – Updated


Aussie Jon Sieben set the world record with a blistering 1:57.04 in the 200m butterfly, winning the event in Los Angeles, in the major upset of the 1984 Olympic Games.  He surprised everyone and beat Michael Gross of Germany. The record stood for 11 months until Gross regained it in 1985.  Sieben continued swimming through two more Olympic cycles, 1988, Seoul and 1992 Barcelona.

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Jon Sieben on the podium during the 1984 Olympics Photo Courtesy: Jon Sieben

When his career ended, he walked away with 16 Long Course National Championships, 11 Open National Championships and numerous other championship medals.

Swimming as an NCAA swimmer, he competed for the University of Alabama under ISHOF Honor Coach, Don Gambril, who took him to the NCAA National Championships.  There, he won silver in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 100-meter butterfly.


Jon Sieben after winning gold in the 200-meter butterfly Photo Courtesy: Jon Sieben

Although swimming competitively for Gambril, Laurie Lawrence was always Sieben’s coach while competing at the Olympic Games, under the Australian flag.

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With Sieben competing in three Olympic Games, it was the first time an Aussie swimmer had done so since Dawn Fraser had participated in three Olympic Games in 1956, 1960 and 1964.

Not only was Sieben an Olympic caliber swimmer, but in 2005 and 2009, he competed for Australia in the Universiade Games in the sport of water polo and in 2009, the team took home gold.