Melanie Schlanger

Melanie Renee Schlanger, OAM[1] (born 31 August 1986), also known by her married name Melanie Wright, is an Australian freestyle swimmer. Melanie first represented Australia at the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and her career spanned ten years, ending after the 2015 World Championships. She represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics winning five Olympic medals (including 2 gold).

Melanie Wright
(Melanie Schlanger)
Personal information
Full nameMelanie Renee Wright
Nickname(s)"Mel", "Schlangs"
National team Australia
Born (1986-08-31) 31 August 1986
Nambour, Queensland
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
ClubMaroochydore SC, Commercial SC, Southport SC
CoachBrian Stehr, Chris Mooney, Stephan Widmer, Glenn Baker

Early life

Melanie was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. A participant in a large range of sports, Melanie only began swimming at the age of 14. She completed her secondary school studies at Immanuel Lutheran College.

She is the youngest of two siblings, Nikki and Adam, and daughter to Paul and Linda.

Sporting career

Melanie had her first taste of success as a member of the Australian 4×100-metre freestyle relay team that won gold at the 2007 World Championships. The same year, Melanie also broke a world record with Australia's short course 4 x 100 freestyle relay.

Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics, she swam the third leg in both the heats and the final of the 4×100-metre freestyle relay as Australia claimed the bronze medal. She swam in the heats of the 4×200-metre freestyle relay and collected a gold when the first-choice quartet won the final in a world record time.

In 2012 at the London Games, Melanie anchored the 4×100-metre freestyle relay team to overcome a late surge by the Netherlands to win the gold medal for Australia, the only gold medal for the Australian swimming team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She also won two Silver medals in the Women's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay and Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay.

In 2014, she broke a world record as a part of the Gold Medal winning Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay. The world record surpassed the previous record set in the "super suit" era of swimming.

Following the 2015 World Championships, now swimming as Melanie Wright, she suffered a recurrence of a rib stress fracture that plagued the later part of her career. At the same time, Wright gained entry into the highly esteemed Medical Program at Bond University and retired from the sport to become a doctor.

Melanie is a brand ambassador for Speedo, Bodyscience, Brisbane Lions, Qld Games Foundation and the Deniliquin Ute Muster. While studying Medicine, she currently works at Bond University as the Ambassador for sport.

Personal bests

Long course
Event Time Date Location
50 m freestyle 24.39 2014-07-26 Glasgow, Scotland
100 m freestyle 53.38 2012-08-01 London, England
100 m freestyle (Relay Split) 52.47 2012-08-08 London, England
200 m freestyle 1.56.73 2012-03-17 Adelaide, Australia
200 m freestyle (Relay Split) 1:55.58 2012-08-06 London, England

Personal life

Melanie wed fellow Olympic swimmer Chris Wright in September 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. Their bridal party included fellow Olympians Leisel Jones, Alice Tait (Mills), Christian Sprenger and Gregor Tait.

In February 2017, Melanie and Chris welcomed a baby girl, Madison. Born at Pindara Private Hospital (Gold Coast) under the care of Dr Andrew Carey. Melanie carried on her studies while adjusting to life as a new mum.

Academic Qualifications

2016 - 2020: Doctor of Medicine including Bachelor of Medical Studies - Bond University

2013 - 2015: Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Bond University

2005 - 2009: Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Biomedicine - University of Queensland

2012 - 2012: Diploma of Business - QLD TAFE

2012 - 2012: Certificate III & IV in Fitness - Fitnance

See also


  1. "Schlanger, Melanie Renee". It's An Honour. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
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