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Daniel Kowalski
Personal information
Full name Daniel Steven Kowalski
Nationality  Australia
Stroke(s) Freestyle
College team University of Miami
Date of birth 2 July 1975 (1975-07-02) (age 34)
Place of birth Singapore
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 76 kilograms (170 lb)

Daniel Steven Kowalski (born 2 July 1975 in Singapore) is a former Australian middle- and long-distance swimmer specialising in freestyle events. He competed in the Olympic Games in 200 m, 400 m and 1,500 m individual freestyle events and in the 200 m freestyle relay. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, he was the first man in 92 years to earn medals in all of the 200 m, 400 m and 1500 m freestyle events. Kowalski was however perhaps best known for being perpetual "bridesmaid" to fellow Australians Kieren Perkins and Grant Hackett, who were respectively the world's best 1500 m freestyle competitors during the earlier and later parts of Kowalski's career.


Olympic medals

  • 2000 Summer Olympics: gold medal in the 4x200 m freestyle relay (Kowalski was replaced in the final by Ian Thorpe but as a swimmer in the qualifying heat, he shares the gold medal).
  • 1996 Summer Olympics: silver medal in the 1500 m freestyle, bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle, and bronze medal in the 200 m freestyle.

World championship results

World records

Kowalski was part of the world record setting Australian gold medal 4x200 m relay team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.


Kowalski announced his retirement from competitive swimming on 8 May 2002. He studied sports marketing at Bond University, graduating in 2003. He was named as an assistant swimming coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2007, and also won the 2007 Pier to Pub 1.2km open water swim - the largest open water swim in the world - held annually in Lorne, Australia.[1]

In February 2004, he was the host of an overnight program on SEN 1116 with former Magic basketballer Andrew Parkinson. In May 2007 Daniel appeared as one of the celebrity performers on the celebrity reality singing competition It Takes Two.


  1. ^ College Swimming (2008). Wisconsin Names Kowalski Assistant. Retrieved 6 April 2008.

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