Libby Trickett (Lenton)

1985 -

Libby Trickett has had her share of Olympic disappointments. She went into the Athens Games in 2004 as the fastest woman in the world, and failed to reach the freestyle final. In Beijing in 2008 she again faultered in the 100 metres freestyle - a race in which she held the world record. First she went too easily in the semi-final and came alarmingly close to missing another final …then was granted a reprieve when a Chinese swimmer was disqualified. In the final she rocketed from the blocks in lane eight, was under world-record pace at the 50m mark, but was out-touched into silver by Germany’s Britta Steffen.

It was in the 100m butterfly that Trickett took out the first individual Olympic gold medal of her glittering career, storming home from America’s Christine Magnuson and Australia’s Jess Schipper. She later won gold again in the medley relay final, anchoring Emily Seebohm , Liesel Jones and Schipper - to add to the freestyle relay gold she had won in Athens. She came away from Beijing with two gold medals, a silver and a bronze (from the 100m freestyle relay), having missed a medal in the 50m freestyle. It was a great haul, but less than she’d hoped for.

Having officially retired from the sport in 2009 she made a comeback in late 2010 with her heart set on making the London 2012 Games. Trickett did just that when she finished fifth in the 100m freestyle at the2012 Australian Olympic trials, just missing out on the 50m freestyle after finishing fourth. At the London 2012 Olympic Games Trickett swum in the heat of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay before the Australian Team went on to win gold in the final.

Trickett (formerly Lenton) won five gold medals at the 2007 world championships, equalling the record of Tracy Caulkins (USA).

Harry Gordon, AOC Historian

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Women
Heat 2 SEEBOHM, E; ELMSLIE, B; KUKLA, Y; TRICKETT, L 3:36.34 Q 1
Final COUTTS, A; CAMPBELL, C; ELMSLIE, B; SCHLANGER, M 3:33.15 1  
Final Placing 1 / 16

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

100m Butterfly - Women
Heat 58.37 2nd
Semifinal 57.05 1st
Final 56.73 1st  
Final Placing 1 / 49
100m Freestyle - Women
Heat 53.99 2nd
Semifinal 54.10 4th
Final 53.16 2nd  
Final Placing 2 / 49
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Women
Heat CAMPBELL, C; MILLS, A; SCHLANGER, M; REESE, S 3:37.81 3rd
Final CAMPBELL, C; MILLS, A; SCHLANGER, M; TRICKETT, L 3:35.05 3rd  
Final Placing 3 / 16
4 x 100m Medley Relay - Women
Heat SEEBOHM, E; WHITE, T; GALVEZ, F; REESE, S 3:57.94 1st
Final SEEBOHM, E; JONES, L; SCHIPPER, J; TRICKETT, L 3:52.69 1st  
Final Placing 1 / 16
50m Freestyle - Women
Heat 24.67 1st
Semifinal 24.47 3rd
Final 24.25 4th
Final Placing 4 / 92

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

100m Freestyle - Women
Heats 54.89 2nd
Semifinals 55.17 5th
Final Placing 9 / 51
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Women
Heats MILLS, A; LENTON, L; RYAN, S; HENRY, J 3:38.26 1st
Final MILLS, A; LENTON, L; THOMAS, P; HENRY, J 3:35.94 1st  
Final Placing 1 / 16
50m Freestyle - Women
Heats 25.31 2nd
Semifinals 24.90 2nd
Final 24.91 3rd  
Final Placing 3 / 75