Michael Wenden

Michael Vincent Wenden, AM, MBE (born 17 November 1949) is 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 200-metre freestyle (setting world records in each) and a silver and a bronze in freestyle relays.[1]

Michael Wenden
Personal information
Full nameMichael Vincent Wenden
Nickname(s)"Mick", "Mike"
National teamAustralia
Born (1949-11-17) 17 November 1949
Sydney, New South Wales
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)

Wenden was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1979.[2] He was one of the eight bearers of the Olympic Flag at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Wenden was appointed an MBE in 1969[3] and made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2006 Australia Day Honours for "service to the Olympic movement as an administrator and competitor".[4]

Wenden holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. His daughter Karen Baildon (née Wenden) competed in swimming at the Queensland state level and won the 1989 Miss Universe Miss Photogenic title.[5] She is married to Olympic swimmer Andrew Baildon.

See also


  1. Mike Wenden. Sports-Reference
  2. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honourees, Michael Wenden (AUS). Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  3. "Wenden, Michael Vincent". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  4. "WENDEN, Michael Vincent". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  5. Miss Universe 1989 Archived 9 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. pageantopolis.com

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

19 October 1968 23 August 1970
Succeeded by
Mark Spitz

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