|Full name||Maxwell Raymond Metzker|
8 March 1960 |
Durban, South Africa
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb)|
|College team||University of Alabama|
Maxwell Raymond Metzker (born 8 March 1960) was a South African-born long-distance freestyle swimmer who represented Australia in the late 1970s and early 1980s, who won a bronze medal in the 1500 m freestyle at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. He was a co-flagbearer with Denise Boyd at the opening ceremony, when Australia marched under the Olympic flag to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
He had his first international success at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada, winning a gold and bronze medal in the 1500 and 400 m freestyle respectively. He also claimed a gold medal in the 4x200 m freestyle relay.
In Moscow, Metzker trailed the great Soviet Union swimmer Vladimir Salnikov home by some 25 m. Salnikov broke the world record, being the first man to break the 15-minute barrier. Metzker was pipped to the silver by just 0.19s by Salnikov's compatriot Aleksandr Chaev. Metzker also reached the final of the 400 m freestyle and the 4x200 m freestyle relay, finishing seventh in both. Metzker bowed out of international competition with another gold in the 1500 m freestyle at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
- Andrews, Malcolm (2000). Australia at the Olympic Games. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Books. p. 295. ISBN 0-7333-0884-8.