Jon Sieben

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Jon Sieben
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Scott "Jon" Sieben
Nationality  Australia
Born (1966-08-24) 24 August 1966 (age 47)
Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly

Jonathan ("Jon") Scott Sieben, OAM[1] (born 24 August 1966) is an Australian former butterfly swimmer active in the 1980s, who won gold in the 200 m butterfly at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.[2]

Hailing from Brisbane, Queensland, Sieben was coached by Laurie Lawrence, and made his debut at the young age of 15 at the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games, where he captured a bronze in the 200 m butterfly, as well as gold in the medley relay. Sieben and Lawrence continued their preparation for Los Angeles, but were given little chance. Sieben was known to his friends as The Shrimp, as he stood just 173 cm, in contrast to the dominant swimmer of the time, West Germany's Michael Groß, the world record holder, known as The albatross with his 200 cm frame and 225 cm wingspan. He also faced the 100 m butterfly world record holder, the United States' Pablo Morales. Sieben swam in the wake of Groß and Morales in the first 150 m, before storming home in the last 50 m to claim the gold medal in a world record time of 1 m 57.04 s, more than four seconds faster than he had ever swum before. He also collected a bronze medal after swimming in the preliminaries of the medley relay. He was named the Young Australian of the Year in 1984.[3]

By the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Sieben's ability had waned, and the selectors did not choose him for the 200 m butterfly. He finished fourth in the 100 m butterfly. He continued onto the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but failed to reach the final of the 100m butterfly individual event. He formed part of Australia's 4X100m medley relay team that finished 7th in the final, in a national record time of 3:42.65.

Sieben was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sieben, Jonathan Scott". It's an Honour. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sports Reference profile". Sports Reference. 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Australian of the Year Awards – Jon Sieben". Australia Day Council. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jon Sieben OAM". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
Records
Preceded by
West Germany Michael Groß
Men's 200 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

3 August 1984 – 29 June 1985
Succeeded by
West Germany Michael Groß