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Sydney 2000 Olympic Games - 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Australia Tribute

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Uploaded on Jul 4, 2007

This is a video clip I made back in 2000 for our Aussie swimmers after they won a gold medal in the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in a world record time.

The song used in this clip is Saltwater by Chicane.
Released: 1999
Record Label: Xtravaganza

This clip was made as a memento for the guys and was not intended for public viewing but all these years later it's found itself on Youtube for others to relive.

The Australian 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Team was made up of the great Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim, Todd Pearson and Bill Kirby.

What made the event even more interesting was that Bill Kirby along with fellow Western Australian team mate, Todd Pearson, had to out swim legendary Australian team mates Grant Hackett and Daniel Kowalski just to earn their positions in the final team with Thorpe and Klim. Just making the final team was a huge achievement considering the strength of all six relay swimmers.

The final of the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay at the Sydney 2000 Olympics was held on September 19, 2000. The Aussies won the relay by 15 meters and finished a clear body length in front of the world record line. The splits are shown below.

GOLD -- Australia 7.07.05 World Record
Ian Thorpe 1.46.03
Michael Klim 1.46.40
Todd Pearson 1.47.36
Bill Kirby 1.47.26

Heat Swimmers
Grant Hackett 1.50.31
Daniel Kowalski 1.48.52

At the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka Thorpe, Klim, Hackett and Kirby again won gold in another World Record time for the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay in 7m 4.66s. That record stood for almost six years.

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