Helen Denman

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Helen Denman
Personal information
Full name Helen Jennifer Denman
National team  Australia
Born (1976-09-04) 4 September 1976 (age 40)
Perth, Western Australia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke, medley
Club Southside Dolphins

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

Denman qualified for her first international team at the Australian Championships in 1996, after winning the 100-metre breaststroke. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Denman placed 11th in the 100-metre breaststroke, but fellow Australian Samantha Riley won the bronze medal. This meant that Denman swum the breaststroke leg in the heats of the 4×100-metre medley relay, before being replaced by Riley in the team that trailed the United States team 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-metre 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 4×100-metre 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 4×100-metre medley relay. In 1999 she was omitted from the Australian national team, and in 2000 she made an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

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  1. ^ Olympic results Archived 11 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.