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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 2nd (100m freestyle), 2nd (4x100m medley), 3rd (4x100m freestyle), 6th (50m freestyle)
  • 2004 Athens - 6th (4x100m freestyle)

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (50m freestyle) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 4th (100m freestyle) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 1st (4x100m freestyle) - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 3rd (100m freestyle) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 5th (50m freestyle) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • World Record Holder - 100m Freestyle x 2 (Beijing 2008)
  • World Record Holder - 50m Freestyle x 3 (Olympic Trials Sydney, NSW 2008)
  • Winning 2 silver and 1 bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympics

Interesting Facts

  • In early 2008, Eamon Sullivan was the top male sprinter in Australia and the world, being the world record holder in both the 50m and 100m freestyle. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Sullivan broke the 100m world record twice. On the opening day of the Games, he lowered the mark as the lead-off swimmer in the 4 x 100m relay in which Australia claimed silver.
  • Later in the Games, the freestyle specialist again broke the 100m freestyle world record in his individual semi-final. In the final, Sullivan claimed silver, beaten by a fraction by Frenchman Alain Bernard. He also claimed bronze as part of the men's 4 x 100m freestyle making him the best-performed male athlete on the Australian swim team at the Games.
  • Recovering from hip surgery at the start of 2010, Sullivan made a strong return to form at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games winning gold in the 4 x 100m freestyle and 4 x 100m medley relays and a bronze in the 100m freestyle.
  • Sullivan swam the final leg of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the 2011 World Championships, in which Australia upset USA for the World Title. He continued to find form throughout 2011 despite his continual run of illness and injury which has plagued his career. At the 2012 Olympic Trials, he made his third Olympic Team, qualifying an individual berth in the 50m freestyle after coming second behind James Magnussen and grabbing a relay spot in the 100m freestyle.
  • At the 2003 AYOF, Sullivan won bronze in the 4 x 100m freestyle. The following year he made his Australian Team debut at the 2004 Athens Olympics as a member of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay that placed 6th. Outside of swimming, Sullivan is interested in both cooking and the media. He was the first winner of television's Celebrity Masterchef and has since opened a cafe in WA and launched a cookbook. In 2011 he was also named CLEO Bachelor of the Year.


Years on national team



Grant Stoelwinder (2000 - current)

Primary Training Base

Sydney, NSW

Secondary Training Base

Perth, WA


West Coast, (WA, Australia) and International Training Program (NSW Australia)


NSW Institute of Sport, Sydney



John XXIII College (Mt Claremont, WA)


John XXIII College (Mt Claremont, WA)

Swimming Team

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