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Grant Hackett

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 3
Bronze 1
Total 7
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGrant George•Hackett
Used nameGrant•Hackett
Nick/petnamesHacky
Born9 May 1980 in Southport, Queensland (AUS)
Measurements198 cm / 96 kg
AffiliationsMiami Swimming Club/Gold Coast Canoe/Melbourne Vicentre
NOC Australia

Biography

Grant Hackett succeeded his countryman, Kieren Perkins, as the top distance swimmer in the world, and his overall record rivals that of Perkins and Vladimir Salnikov as the greatest distance freestyler ever. Hackett has been undefeated at his best distance, 1,500 metres, between 1997 and 2006, winning the Olympic gold medal in that event in both 2000 and 2004. His hopes for a third consecutive gold in the event were dashed by Oussama Mellouli. His record at major meets is remarkable, winning the 1,500 at the Commonwealth Games in 1997 and 2002, the 1,500 at the World Championships in 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2005. His streak ended in 2007, when he placed just 7th in the final in front of his home crowd in Melbourne. At the Pan-Pacific Meet, Hackett won the 400, 800, and 1,500 in 1997, the 1,500 in 1999, and the 800 and 1,500 in 2002. He has also frequently won medals at international meets on the 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay team for Australia. Hackett has set one world record at 1,500 metres, 14:34.56 in winning the 2001 World Championship in Fukuoka, Japan. That same year, he also set the World Record on the 1500 m short course, 14:10.10. Both records still stood when Hackett announced his retirement in late 2008.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Grant Hackett
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 8
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 7
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 1 Gold
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Grant Hackett
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 5
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 2 Silver
2008 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Grant Hackett
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 6
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 3 Bronze

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2004 Summer Olympics 21 August 2004 Swimming (Aquatics) 1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Final 14:43.40 1
2008 Summer Olympics 15 August 2008 Swimming (Aquatics) 1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat Five 14:38.92 1

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