Remembering Sydney 2000 | Dual NSWIS gold on day 1

Posted on September 16, 2020 by

Twenty years ago today, one of the NSW Institute of Sport’s ‘Most Outstanding’ athletes, Ian Thorpe AM, led Australia to two gold medals on day 1 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Starting the day’s celebrations was the final of the men’s 400m freestyle, in which the then 17-year-old, with the weight of a nation’s expectations on his shoulders, claimed his first Olympic victory in world record time.

However, Thorpe needed to suppress his celebrations in order to prepare for the upcoming final of the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. After fellow NSWIS athlete Adam Pine helped Australia qualify in the heats, Thorpe and Chris Fydler OAM went up against the highly fancied USA.

Australia’s first three swimmers put in magnificent legs before Thorpe jumped in and went head-to-head with Gary Hall Jr. Having fallen behind in the first 50m, the NSWIS alumni athlete powered home to gold in what has now become part of Australian sporting folklore.

Listen to Ian Thorpe and Chris Fydler discuss the iconic victory with NSWIS LIVE.

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