Max Metzker

Dual Olympian, Max Metzker, was an exceptional freestyle distance swimmer.  He competed in the 400 metres and 1500 metres freestyle events at Montreal 1976 with a best placing of sixth in the longer event (Steven Holland finished third).  

Four years later, at Moscow 1980, he was the Australian team’s joined flag-bearer, with Denise Robertson, at the opening ceremony. At those boycott-ravaged Olympics, Australia was one of sixteen teams that marched behind the Olympic flag.
In the Moscow pool, he won the bronze medal in the 1500 metres freestyle in a race in which the winner, Vladimir Salnikov from the USSR, broke the 15-minute barrier for the first time. Metzker’s medal in what is often called ‘Australia’s Olympic event’ was the last before Kieren Perkins’s world-record shattering win in 1992. Also in Moscow, Metzker made the finals in the 400 metres freestyle and swam in the heats of the 4 x 200 metres freestyle relay.

Olympic Results

1980 Moscow

1500m Freestyle - Men
Heat 15:21.63 3rd
Final 15:14.49 3rd
Final Placing 3 / 21
400m Freestyle - Men
Heat 3:54.79 2nd
Final 3:56.87 7th
Final Placing 7 / 36
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Final BREWER, G; TONELLI, M; KERRY, M; McKEON, R 7:30.37 7
Final Placing 7 / 13

1976 Montreal

1500m Freestyle - Men
Heat 15:36.14 2nd
Final 15:31.53 6th
Final Placing 6 / 31
400m Freestyle - Men
Heat 4:00.82 3rd
Final Placing 13 / 47