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Malcolm Champion

Full name: Malcolm Eadie Champion
Gender: Male
Born: November 12, 1883 in Kingston, Norfolk Island, Norfolk Island
Died: July 26, 1939 in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Affiliations: Waitemata ASC, Auckland (NZL)
Country: ANZ Australasia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Although credited as New Zealand's first ever Olympic champion, the aptly named Malcolm Champion originally hailed from Norfolk Island. The tiny Australian dependency is home to to about 2,000 inhabitants, many of whom are descendants of the Bounty mutineers who were relocated from Pitcairn. As a teenager he moved to New Zealand, where he quickly became the country's top swimmer. Despite a five-year suspension for professionalism, Champion won 31 national titles in events ranging from 100 yards to 1 mile. Champion travelled to Europe twice, once for the 1911 Festival of the Empire (an early forerunner of the Commonwealth Games), and once for the 1912 Olympics. After carrying the Australasian flag at the opening ceremony, Champion failed to finish the final of the 1500 m freestyle. But with three Australian teammates, he successfully held off the strong U.S. team to win the gold medal in the 4 x 200 m relay. After retirement, Champion became a coach, leading several swimmers to national titles, including his own daughter, Edna.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Australasia ANZ 4 h2 r2/3
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Australasia ANZ AC r3/3 DNF
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Australasia ANZ 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 5:38.0
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Round One Heat One 2 QU 5:37.0

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Final AC DNF
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 23:24.2
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Round One Heat One 2 QU 23:34.0

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Australasia ANZ Final 1 WR 10:11.2
1912 Summer 28 Stockholm Swimming Australasia ANZ Round One Heat Two 1 QU/WR 10:14.0
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