Kylie Palmer

At Beijing in 2008 the team of Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer and Linda MacKenzie won Australia’s first gold medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. Australia had qualified for the final with the sixth fastest time, but the heat swimmers of Felicity Galvez, Angie Bainbridge, Melanie Schlanger and Lara Davenport were replaced by a new quartet.

The result was still seen as somewhat of a surprise, with the highly fancied Americans finishing third behind Australia and China. The winning time of 7:44.31 shattered the old world record, held by the United States, by almost six seconds. The first four teams, with Italy in fourth place, swam inside the pre-race world record.

Having won the 2012 National titles in the 400m and 800m freestyle and placing  2nd in the 200m freestyle, Palmer set herself up for a busy program at the London 2012 Games. She missed the final for the 400m freestyle before going on to finish 8th in the final of the 200m final that compatriot Bronte Barratt won bronze in.

Palmer went on to team up with Barratt, Melanie Schlanger and Alicia Coutts in the 4x200m freestyle relay. The Australians stuck with the USA throughout but eventually finished with silver in a time of 7:44.41, 1.49 seconds behind the USA who also set a new Olympic record.

The Queenslanders finished 4th in her heat of the 800m freestyle and did not make the final.

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

200m Freestyle - Women
Heat 5 1:58.16 Q 4
Semifinal 2 1:57.44 Q 3
Final 1:57.68 8
Final Placing 8 / 35
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Women
Heat 1 ELMSLIE, B; BAINBRIDGE, A; NEILSEN, J; EVANS, B 7:49.44 1
Final BARRATT, B; SCHLANGER, M; PALMER, K; COUTTS, A 7:44.41 2  
Final Placing 2 / 16
400m Freestyle - Women
Heat 4 4:07.27 4
Final Placing 11 / 35
800m Freestyle - Women
Heat 4 8:35.75 6
Final Placing 18 / 35

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Women
Heat GALVEZ, F; BAINBRIDGE, A; SCHLANGER, M; DAVENPORT, L 7:55.10 3rd
Final RICE, S; BARRATT, B; PALMER, K; MACKENZIE, L 7:44.31 1st  
Final Placing 1 / 16
800m Freestyle - Women
Heat 8:22.81 3rd
Final 8:26.39 6th
Final Placing 6 / 36

AYOF 2005 - Australian Youth Olympic Festival

200m Butterfly - Women
Final 02:18.1 5th
Final Placing 5 / 15
200m Freestyle - Women
Final 02:05.5 7th
Final Placing 7 / 8
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Women
Final 08:19.6  
Final Placing 2 / 8
400m Freestyle - Women
Final 04:14.5 2nd  
Final Placing 2 / 23
800m Freestyle - Women
Final 08:55.3 4th
Final Placing 4 / 17