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On this day (Australia): In 1982, Ian Thorpe was born

On 13 October 1982, Ian Thorpe was borne in Milperra, Sydney. He is one of Australia’s most successful Olympians. He started swimming at age five and was fourteen when he made the Australian squad for the 1997 Pan Pacific Games. At the World Championships six months later, Thorpe was victorious in the final of the … Continue reading

On This Day in Australia: In 2001, Grant Hackett set a world record in the 1500 m freestyle

On 29 July 2001, swimmer Grant Hackett set a world record in the 1500 metre freestyle at Fukuoka, Japan Grant George Hackett OAM was born on 9 May 1980 at Southport on the Gold Coast of Queensland. He is the son of a policeman and younger brother of a Surf Lifesaving champion. He attended Merrimac State High School. He is most famous for … Continue reading

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