Michael Vincent WENDEN

Australia AUS

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Mexico City 1968
  • Year of Birth
    1949
Olympic Results

Biography

Michael Vincent WENDEN

Mike Wenden took up swimming seriously when he was 12-years-old, after breaking a leg while trying to jump a paling fence, and was on the Australian national team from 1966-74. He first competed internationally at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, where he won golds in the 110 yd freestyle, 4x110 yd freestyle, and 4x220 yd freestyle.

The high point of his career came at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, despite the fact that Wenden had trouble adjusting to Mexico City’s high altitude and for two weeks could not swim and hardly sleep. Wenden’s first event at the Olympics were 4x100 freestyle relay, where he helped Australian to a bronze medal. In the 100 freestyle Wenden posted the fastest times in the heats and semi-finals, but was not considered the favorite, that role going to Americans Mark Spitz, Ken Walsh and world record holder Zac Zorn. In the final, Wenden took lead from Zorn at 70 m and finished strongly to win gold in a world record time of 52.2. He then helped Australia’s 4x200 free relay to silver and then the next day won the 200 freestyle by beating the favored Don Schollander by a full body length.

After the Olympics, Wenden won four golds (100 free, 200 free, 4x100 free relay, 4x200 free relay, the latter in a world record 7:50.8) and one silver (medley relay) at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games, but failed to medal at the 1972 Olympics. At the inaugural World Championships in 1973, Wenden won a 100 freestyle bronze and 4x200 free relay silver, before finishing his career at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games, where he won the 100 freestyle and 4x200 free relay, adding silver in the 4x100 free relay and medley relay, and bronze in the 200 freestyle.

After finishing his sporting career, Wenden worked as the manager of the Palm Beach Aquatics Centre in Gold Coast, Victoria. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1979 and Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986. His daughter Karen Wenden became a national level swimmer, who also represented Australia at the 1989 Miss Universe pageant, where she was named Miss Photogenic. She later married Olympic swimmer Andrew Baildon.

Personal bests: 100 m freestyle – 52.2 (1968); 200 m freestyle – 1:54.4 (1972).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

#5
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
#4
200 metres Freestyle
200 metres Freestyle Swimming
#5
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
#3 h3 r1/2
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming
#DNS
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Mexico City 1968

G
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
200 metres Freestyle
200 metres Freestyle Swimming
B
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
S
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
#4
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming