Matthew Kwok

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Matthew Kwok
Personal information
Full name Matthew Kwok Hon Ming
National team  Hong Kong
Born (1979-04-18) 18 April 1979 (age 38)
Laguna Hills, California,
United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
College team University of Hawaii (U.S.)
Coach Sam Freas (U.S.)

Matthew Kwok Hon Ming (also Kwok Hon Ming, Chinese: 郭漢明; pinyin: Guō Hànmíng; Jyutping: gwok3 hon3 ming4; born April 18, 1979) is a Hong Kong former swimmer, who specialized in breaststroke events.[1] He is a single-time Olympian (2000), and a member of the University of Hawaii swimming and diving team under head coach Sam Freas.[2] He also holds numerous Hong Kong records in the 100 m breaststroke, and retains a dual resident status to compete internationally for his father's homeland. Kwok is also a younger brother of Olympic swimmer and Asian Games bronze medalist Mark Kwok.

Kwok competed only in the men's 100 m breaststroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He posted a FINA B-standard entry time of 1:05.29 from the Hong Kong Long Course Championships.[3][4] He challenged seven other swimmers in heat three, including Namibia's three-time Olympian Jorg Lindemeier. He posted a lifetime best of 1:05.28 to pick up a fifth seed by three hundredths of a second (0.03) behind Lindemeier. Kwok failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed fiftieth overall on the first day of prelims.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Matthew Kwok". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Staff (13 October 2000). "Hawaii Beat". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Swimming – Men's 100m Breaststroke Startlist (Heat 3)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Sallay, Alvin (17 September 2000). "Swimmer Kwok sets new local mark". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 100m Breaststroke Heat 3" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 240. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Newberry, Paul (16 September 2000). "Thompson anchors U.S. relay win; Thorpe wins 400 free". Retrieved 28 May 2013. 

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