Michael Wenden AM MBE
Michael Wenden (swimming) won a total of 13 medals at the Commonwealth Games, including nine gold medals. Competing in Kingston in 1966, Edinburgh 1970 and Christchurch 1974, Wenden’s nine gold medals was the best by an Australian male at the Commonwealth Games until bettered by Ian Thorpe who won a tenth gold at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. In Edinburgh, Wenden was on the 4x200m freestyle relay team which set a new world record, his total medal haul included winning the 110yards/100m freestyle at three consecutive Commonwealth Games. Representing Australia at both the 1968 Summer Olympics and 1972 Summer Olympics, Wenden had his best Olympics in Mexico in 1968 winning four medals, including gold in both the 100m and 200m freestyle (setting world records in each). During his career, Wenden set six world records and was the world’s dominate sprint swimmer. His honours in the pool saw Wenden chosen as one of the eight bearers of the Olympic Flag at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. A member of the International Swimming and Sport Australia Halls of Fame, The Michael Wenden Aquatic Leisure Centre in Liverpool, NSW is named in his honour.
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