Matt Welsh

1976 –

Matt Welsh had only been competing as a backstroker for a little over four years when he arrived at Sydney 2000. His first medal was a silver in the 100 metres backstroke, behind the brilliant Lenny Krayzelburg of the United States. Josh Watson of Australia finished a creditable fourth. In the 200 metres backstroke, Welsh was up against Krayzelburg again and the soon-to-be-great Aaron Peirsol and duly finished with the bronze medal after smashing his own Commonwealth record in the final. Welsh then joined with Regan Harrison, Geoff Huegill and Michael Klim to finish second in the final of the 4 x 100 metres medley relay, behind the American team that included Krayzelburg. At the Beijing Games Welsh’s best result was fifth in the 100m backstroke.

Olympic Results

2004 Athens

100m Backstroke - Men
Heats 55.35 3rd
Semifinals 54.69 3rd
Final 54.52 5th
Final Placing 5 / 45
200m Backstroke - Men
Heats 2:01.73 6th
Final Placing 19 / 36
4 x 100m Medley Relay - Men
Heats WELSH, M; PIPER, J; PINE, A; KLIM, M 3:39.14 3rd
Final Placing 9 / 16

2000 Sydney

100m Backstroke - Men
Heat 54.70 1st
Semi Final 54.52 1st
Final 54.07 2nd
Final Placing 2 / 55
200m Backstroke - Men
Semi Final 1:58.57 2nd
Heat 1:59.76 3rd
Final 1:57.59 3rd
Final Placing 3 / 46
4 x 100m Medley Relay - Men
Heat WATSON, J; MITCHELL, R; PINE, A; THORPE, I 3:39.38 1st
Final WELSH, M; HARRISON, R; HUEGILL, G; KLIM, M 3:35.27 2nd
Final Placing 2 / 24