Michael Klim

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Michael Klim
Personal information
Full nameMichael George Klim
National team Australia
Born (1977-08-13) 13 August 1977 (age 43)
Gdynia, Poland
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight81 kg (179 lb)
ClubMelbourne Vicentre,
Australian Institute of Sport

Michael George Klim, OAM (born 13 August 1977) is a Polish-born Australian swimmer, Olympic gold medallist, world champion, and former world record-holder.

Early years[edit]

He was born in Gdynia, Poland. He was educated at the University High School, Melbourne and Wesley College, Melbourne where he is currently employed as the college's elite head coach of swimming.[when?] Michael Klim began swimming after falling out of a window, when it was suggested to him that a low impact exercise would aid his recovery.


Klim was first selected to represent Australia in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, while still a student at Wesley College, Melbourne.[citation needed] For his achievements he was named the Male Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine in 1997.

In 1999, he set a world record in the 100 m butterfly twice, in a FINA-sanctioned time trial (51.81 s). It was broken at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona by the Ukrainian Andriy Serdinov in the first semifinal of the 100 m butterfly, and then broken another time in the next semifinal by Michael Phelps. Phelps's record was bested by Ian Crocker in the final the following day.

Klim was Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and was inducted into the AIS ' Best of the Best' in 2001.[1] Klim was the only Australian to win a gold medal at both the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Medal achievements[edit]

In 1996, he arrived at the Atlanta Olympics ranked first in the world for the 200 m freestyle, but was surprisingly eliminated in the heats. He rebounded to qualify for a finals in the 100m butterfly, and swam the freestyle leg in the 4×100 m medley relay, in which Australia claimed a bronze medal.

1998 was Michael Klim's year in the sun. In January, the World Aquatics Championships were held in Perth, Western Australia, and in front of a boisterous home crowd, he was the leading swimmer of the meet. He triumphed in the 200 m freestyle and the 100 m butterfly, and added silver in the 100 m freestyle, and bronze in the 50 m freestyle. He was a member of each of Australia's three relay teams, winning gold in the 4×200 m freestyle relay and 4×100 m medley relay, and a silver in the 4×100 m freestyle relay.

  • FINA World Championships 1998 in Perth, Australia:
    • Med 1.png 200m Freestyle.
    • Med 2.png 100m Freestyle.
    • Med 3.png 50m Freestyle.
    • Med 1.png 100m Butterfly.
    • Med 2.png 4×100m Freestyle Relay.
    • Med 1.png 4×200m Freestyle Relay.
    • Med 1.png 4×100m Medley Relay.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics, Klim set a world record (48.18) leading off the 4×100 m freestyle relay, which paved the way for a world record (3:13.67). Three days later, he was part of the 4×200 m freestyle relay, which set another world record (7:07.05), which left the opposition over 5 seconds in arrears on its way to victory. His 100m freestyle world record bested by Pieter van den Hoogenband in the semi's, in the final he finished with a bitter 4th place, he turned first at the wall but he claimed his legs gave away in the second half. In the 100 m butterfly, he was the world record holder, again turning first at the wall heavily under world record pace, but was cut down in the closing stages by Sweden's Lars Frölander, finishing second. On the final night he claimed silver as part of the 4×100 m medley relay team.

  • 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia:
    • Med 2.png 100m Butterfly.
    • Med 1.png 4×100m Freestyle Relay.
    • Med 1.png 4×200m Freestyle Relay.
    • Med 2.png 4×100m Medley Relay.

In 2001, hampered by an ankle injury Klim was restricted to relay duties, and contributed to another world record, winning gold in the 4×200 m relay (7:04.66). He also collected a gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay.


In 2002 and 2003, due to chronic back and shoulder problems, Michael Klim was inactive throughout these years.

Klim failed to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics, but was later selected as part of the relay team, which came second behind USA in the 4×200m, race. The relay team did not win a medal in the 4x100m and failed to qualify for the medley relay final.

In 2005, Klim swam at the World Aquatics in Montreal, returning to individual action, but failed to progress to the finals in the 50m & 100m Freestyle. He won bronze as part of the 4×100 m freestyle relay.

In 2007, he swam as part of the B team in the Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay, in the final the Australian team won the gold medal.


On 26 June 2007 Klim retired from competitive swimming. He finished the year ranked 94 in the 100 freestyle with the Olympics 14 months away.

Return to competitive swimming[edit]

On 14 February 2011 Klim announced his return to competitive swimming, hoping to compete in the London 2012 Olympics.[2] Ultimately Klim failed to qualify for the team.

Second retirement[edit]

After failing to compete at the London Olympics, Klim retired from competitive swimming and became founder and CEO of a skin care company "Milk and Co" [1].

Personal life[edit]

Klim married Lindy Rama, a former model and fashion entrepreneur, in April 2006. Rama (known in Bali as Anak Agung] is a Balinese princess, being the niece of Ida Cokorde Pamecutan XI, the king of Denpasar.[3] The couple have two daughters[4] and a son.[5] Klim supports the St Kilda Saints in the Australian Football League.[6] Klim and Lindy announced their separation in February 2016.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Institute of Sport Awards Archived 21 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine [
  2. ^ Klim to return to competitive swimming with no expectations
  3. ^ Indonesia Pusaka. Retrieved 14 September 2009
  4. ^ Klims welcome a new baby girl
  5. ^ "Klims welcome baby boy Rocco". Herald Sun. 15 May 2008.
  6. ^ Beveridge, Riley. "Your AFL club's most famous supporters, from Barack Obama to Cam Newton". Fox Sports. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Michael and Lindy Klim announce split". Retrieved 30 October 2016.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Alexander Popov
Men's 100 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

16 September 2000–19 September 2000
Succeeded by
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Preceded by
Denis Pankratov
Men's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

9 October 1997 – 25 July 2003
Succeeded by
Andriy Serdinov
Preceded by
Denis Pankratov
Men's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (short course)

22 January 1998 – 14 December 1998
Succeeded by
James Hickman
Preceded by
James Hickman
Men's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (short course)

2 September 1999 – 16 March 2000
Succeeded by
Lars Frölander
Preceded by
Denis Pankratov
Swimming World
Swimmer of the Year

Succeeded by
Ian Thorpe
Preceded by
Danyon Loader
Swimming World
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year

Succeeded by
Ian Thorpe
Preceded by
Megan Marcks and Kate Slatter
Australian Athlete of the Year
1998, 1999
Succeeded by
Simon Fairweather