Kieren Perkins OAM (swimming) carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Perkins competed at three Commonwealth Games, which included a four gold medal haul at the Victoria Games in 1994. Making his Commonwealth Games debut in Auckland in 1990, where he won the silver medal in the 1500m freestyle behind teammate Glen Housman, both swimmers broke the 15-minute barrier, a first for Perkins in what was a taste of things to come. Famously, in the 1500m freestyle in Victoria in 1994, Perkins broke his own 1500m world record, but also set a new world record for the 800m along the way. A four-time Olympic medallist and former world record-holder in three events, Perkins is one of the world’s best-ever long-distance swimmers, winning Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996 in the 1500m freestyle, along with a silver medal in Sydney in the 2000 Olympics in his final race. Perkins’ win in the 1500m freestyle in Atlanta from lane eight and after just scrapping into the final, is regarded as one of the iconic moments in Australian sport, he is a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
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