Linda Mackenzie

1983 –

The team of Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer and Linda Mackenzie won Australia’s first gold medal in the 4x200m relay. Australia had qualified for the final with the sixth fastest time, but the heat swimmers of Felicity Galvez, Angie Bainbridge, Melanie Schlanger and Lara Davenport were replaced by a new quartet.

The result was still seen as somewhat of a surprise, with the highly fancied Americans finishing third behind Australia and China. The wining time of 7:44.31 shattered the old world record, held by the United States, by almost six seconds. The first four teams, with Italy in fourth place, swam inside the pre-race world record. The gold medal was Rice’s third at Beijing and she joined Betty Cuthbert (Melbourne 1956), Murray Rose (1956), Shane Gould (Munich 1972), Ian Thorpe (Sydney 2000), Jodie Henry (Athens 2004) and Petria Thomas (2004) as the only Australians to achieve the feat at one Olympic Games. For Mackenzie swimming the final leg for gold was the perfect way to end her career.

Olympic Results

2008 Beijing

200m Freestyle - Women
Heat 1:57.96 5th
Semifinal 1:58.19 5th
Final Placing 12 / 46
400m Freestyle - Women
Heat 4:05.91 4th
Final Placing 10 / 42
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Women
Final RICE, S; BARRATT, B; PALMER, K; MACKENZIE, L 7:44.31 1st
Final Placing 1 / 16

2004 Athens

200m Freestyle - Women
Heats 2:02.04 7th
Final Placing 19 / 41
400m Freestyle - Women
Heats 4:08.46 3rd
Final 4:10.92 7th
Final Placing 7 / 38
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Women
Heats REESE, S; GRAHAM, E; MACKENZIE, L; ROONEY, G N.B Melissa Mitchell was selected for this event but did not get the opportunity to swim. 8:01.85 2nd
Final MILLS, A; GRAHAM, E; REESE, S; THOMAS, P N.B Melissa Mitchell was selected for this event but did not get the opportunity to swim. 7:57.40 4th
Final Placing 4 / 16
800m Freestyle - Women
Heats 8:35.90 3rd
Final Placing 10 / 31