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Published on Dec 9, 2006
Sydney 2000 Olympics – Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Australia
This is a tribute clip I made for Michael Klim after he won Gold in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, along with his Australian teammates Ashley Callus, Chris Fydler and Ian Thorpe, on 16th September 2000. Klim achieved two World Records in the one race.
The Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay in Sydney was one of the greatest races in Australian sporting history. The dominant Americans had never lost this event since it's inclusion into the Olympic swimming program in 1964. Even though the Australians knew they were in with a good chance of pushing the Americans they were never expected to win this race.
To build up the hype of the race beforehand, American sprinting legend and showman, Gary Hall Jnr, was quoted as saying "My biased opinion says that we will smash them like guitars." which made the victory by the Australians all the more sweeter. The Aussies couldn't have swum it better - it was their day. It was a great day for Australia.
Thanks to the brilliant commentary of Dennis Cometti and special comments from one of Australia's sprint swimming champions of the 1990's, Andrew Baildon, I was able to piece together the spine tingling race into this inspiring 4 minute clip - which was only meant for Michael to keep as a memento of the occasion back in 2000 and has now ended up on YouTube for others to relive or see for the first time and to be inspired and motivated by.
The song used is "Right Here, Right Now" by Fatboy Slim. Album: You've Come a Long Way Baby - Released 1999. Label: Skint Also featured on Fatboy Slim's, The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder.
The footage was 'borrowed' from Australia's 7 Network and the International Olympic Committee.
Unfortunately the audio went slightly out of sync when it uploaded, but I hope you enjoy it.