Ray Hass

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Ray Hass
Medal record
Representing  Australia
Men's Swimming
World Championships (SC)
Gold medal – first place 2002 Moscow 4x200m Freestyle
Pan Pacific Championships
Silver medal – second place 1999 Sydney 200m Backstroke

Ray Hass (born 3 April 1977 in Pretoria, South Africa) is an Australian backstroke swimmer. In South Africa Hass attended Westville Boys' High School until his Grade 11 year. He immigrated to Australia with his family in 1993, and completed his schooling at Ivanhoe Grammar School.[citation needed]. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[1]

Swimming career[edit]

After swimming the heat of the 4 × 200 freestyle relay at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, Hass was a spectator for the final, when the Australians set a world record of 7:04.66 mins. He went on to swim in the semifinal of the 200 m backstroke finishing 9th. At the 2002 FINA Short Course World Championships, Hass won a gold medal for Australia as part of the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay, swimming alongside compatriots Leon Dunne, Todd Pearson and Grant Hackett. Injury sidelined Hass in 2002, and despite representing Australia at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, he never fully regained his earlier form.[citation needed]