Mark Tonelli

1957 -

Mark Tonelli’s performance in Australia’s men’s 4x100m medley relay win was all the more remarkable because he was swimming a stroke in which he never competed individually in at the Olympics. Tonelli swum the butterfly leg, recording a PB by more than two seconds. But he never raced in an individual butterfly event at either of the two Olympics he represented Australia, in 1976 and 1980 – he competed in individual freestyle and backstroke events. He and team-mates Peter Evans, Neil Brooks and Mark Kerry provided Australia with a rare golden moment in relays. The win stands as our only swimming relay gold won in the 44 years between Australia hosting the Games in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Olympic Results

Moscow 1980 - Summer Olympic Games

100m Backstroke - Men
Heat 58.66 1st
Semi Final 57.89 2nd
Final 57.98 7th
Final Placing 7 / 35
100m Freestyle - Men
Heat 52.04 3rd
Semi Final 52.17 5th
Final Placing 10 / 40
200m Backstroke - Men
Heat 2:07.04 3rd
Final Placing 15 / 28
4 x 100m Medley Relay - Men
Heat PATCHING, G; EVANS, P; TONELLI, M; BROOKS, N 3:48.94 2
Final KERRY, M; EVANS, P; TONELLI, M; BROOKS, N 3:45.70 1  
Final Placing 1 / 13
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Heat TONELLI, M; METZKER, M; KERRY, M; BREWER, G 7:34.06 3
Final BREWER, G; TONELLI, M; KERRY, M; McKEON, R 7:30.37 7
Final Placing 7 / 13

Montreal 1976 - Summer Olympic Games

100m Backstroke - Men
Heat 58.53 2nd
Semi Final 58.14 4th
Final 58.42 8th
Final Placing 8 / 41
200m Backstroke - Men
Heat 2:05.10 2nd
Final 2:03.17 4th
Final Placing 4 / 33
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Heat WINDEATT, G; TONELLI, M; COUGHLAN, P; DAWSON, P 7:44.42 3
Final Placing 9 / 18

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