Michael Wenden

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Michael Wenden
Michael Wenden 1968.jpg
Personal information
Full name Michael Vincent Wenden
Nickname(s) "Mick", "Mike"
National team  Australia
Born (1949-11-17) 17 November 1949 (age 66)
Sydney, New South Wales
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle

Michael Vincent Wenden, AM, MBE (born 17 November 1949) is a former champion swimmer who represented Australia in the 1968 Summer Olympics and 1972 Summer Olympics. In 1968 he won four medals: gold in both the 100- and 200-metre freestyle (setting world records in each) and a silver and a bronze in freestyle relays.[1]

Wenden was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1979.[2] He was one of the eight bearers of the Olympic Flag at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Wenden holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. His daughter Karen Baildon (née Wenden) competed in swimming at the Queensland state level and won the 1989 Miss Universe Miss Photogenic title.[3] She is married to Olympic swimmer Andrew Baildon.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mike Wenden. Sports-Reference
  2. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honourees, Michael Wenden (AUS). Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  3. ^ Miss Universe 1989. pageantopolis.com

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Preceded by
Ken Walsh
Men's 100 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

19 October 1968 – 23 August 1970
Succeeded by
Mark Spitz