Michael Klim

1977 -

Michael Klim won six Olympic medals in his glittering swimming career, proving himself one of the most versatile and popular swimmers of his generation. A triple Olympian, Klim won medals at each of the three Olympics he participated in: bronze in the men’s 4x100m medley relay in 1996; gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x200m freestyle relay and silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay and men’s 100m butterfly in 2000; and silver in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay in 2004. He is most fondly remembered as one of Australia’s finest relay swimmers – five of his Olympic medals were won in relays. His relay feats include his unforgettable lead-off swim in the 4x100m freestyle final on the first night of competition in Sydney, in which he broke the 100m world record and set up Australia’s famous ‘smash ‘em like guitars’ victory. Klim also excelled on the international stage at the world championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan-Pacs. Outside the Olympics his most memorable event was the 1998 World Swimming Championships in Perth, where he won seven medals, including four gold, and was crowned the male swimmer of the meet. He retired from swimming in 2007.

Olympic Results

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Men
Heats CALLUS, A; SULLIVAN, E; VAN HAZEL, J; PEARSON, T 3:17.64 3rd
Final KLIM, M; PEARSON, T; SULLIVAN, E; THORPE, I 3:15.77 6th
Final Placing 6 / 16
4 x 100m Medley Relay - Men
Heats WELSH, M; PIPER, J; PINE, A; KLIM, M 3:39.14 3rd
Final Placing 9 / 16
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Heats PEARSON, T; MATKOVICH, A; SPRENGER, N; STEVENS, C 7:14.85 1st
Final HACKETT, G; KLIM, M; SPRENGER, N; THORPE, I 7:07.46 2nd  
Final Placing 2 / 16

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

100m Butterfly - Men
Heat 52.73 1st
Semi Final 52.63 1st
Final 52.18 2nd  
Final Placing 2 / 63
100m Freestyle - Men
Heat 49.09 1st
Semi Final 48.80 1st
Final 48.74 4th
Final Placing 4 / 74
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Men
Heat FYDLER, C; PEARSON, T; PINE, A; CALLUS, A 3:17.37 1st
Final KLIM, M (WR: 48.18); FYDLER, C; CALLUS, A; THORPE, I 3:13.67 1st  
Final Placing 1 / 23
4 x 100m Medley Relay - Men
Heat WATSON, J; MITCHELL, R; PINE, A; THORPE, I 3:39.38 1st
Final WELSH, M; HARRISON, R; HUEGILL, G; KLIM, M 3:35.27 2nd  
Final Placing 2 / 24
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Final THORPE, I; KLIM, M; PEARSON, T; KIRBY, W 7:07.05 1st
Heat HACKETT, G; KIRBY, W; PEARSON, T; KOWALSKI, D 7:14.27 1st  
Final Placing 1 / 16

Atlanta 1996 - Summer Olympic Games

100m Butterfly - Men
Heat 53.42 Q 3
Final A 53.30 6
Final Placing 6 / 61
200m Freestyle - Men
Heat 1:49.17 Q 3
Final B 1:49.50 2
Final Placing 10 / 43
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Men
Heat KLIM, M; VANDER-WAL, I; LOGAN, S; FYDLER, C 3:20.88 Q 3
Final KLIM, M; DUNN, M; LOGAN, S; FYDLER, C 3:20.13 6
Final Placing 6 / 20
4 x 100m Medley Relay - Men
Heat HAENEN, T; ROGERS, P; MILLER, S; KLIM, M 3:41.30 Q 1
Final DEWICK, S; ROGERS, P; MILLER, S; KLIM, M 3:39.56 3  
Final Placing 3 / 27
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Heat PERKINS, K; HOUSMAN, G; VANDER-WAL, I; ALLEN, M 7:23.24 Q 2
Final KOWALSKI, D; KLIM, M; ALLEN, M; DUNN, M 7:18.47 4
Final Placing 4 / 17