Michael Wenden

Michael Wenden

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

Michael Vincent Wenden AM MBE (born 17 November 1949) was a 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 200m freestyle (setting world records in each) and a silver and a bronze in freestyle relays.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

In 2000 Wenden was one of the eight flag-bearers of the Olympic Flag at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.


  • International Sporting Hall of Fame
  • Australian Sporting Hall of Fame
  • Sports-reference site

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

19 October 1968 – 23 August 1970
Succeeded by
Mark Spitz