Helen Denman

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Helen Denman
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Born 4 September 1976

Helen Denman (born 4 September 1976 in Perth, Australia) is an Australian breaststroke swimmer of the 1990s, who won a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.[1] She won an individual silver medal in the 100 m breaststroke at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships in Perth.

Denman qualified for her first international team at the Australian Championships in 1996, after winning the 100 m breaststroke. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Denman placed 11th in the 100 m breaststroke, but fellow Australian Samantha Riley won the bronze medal. This meant that Denman swum the breaststroke leg in the heats of the 4x100m medley relay, before being replaced by Riley in the team that trailed the United States home in the final.

Competing in front of a partisan home crowd at the 1998 World Championships in Perth, Denman set a personal best in winning silver in the 100 m breaststroke, pushing American Kristy Kowal to within an arm's length. She also combined with Meredith Smith, Petria Thomas and Susie O'Neill in the final of the 4x100m medley relay to claim silver behind the Americans.

At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Denman claimed gold in the 100 m breaststroke and the 4x100m medley relay. However, a form slump resulted in her omission from the national team in 1999. She made an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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