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||Matthew James Welsh
||Backstroke and butterfly
||Australian Institute of Sport
|Date of birth
||18 November 1976
|Place of birth
||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Matthew ("Matt") Welsh (born November 18, 1976
in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian swimmer who
is the world champion in the backstroke and butterfly. Matt currently trains under coach
Ian Pope at the Melbourne
Vicentre Club. He took two golds in 50 metres butterfly and 50
metres backstroke, during one hour, at the World Championships in
Shanghai 2006. Matt announced his retirement from professional
swimming on 24 March when he failed to secure a place at the Beijing Olympics, however Matt will still
swim in the 50m backstroke at the Olympic trials, however, this is
not an Olympic event.
Welsh started swimming in his final years at Scotch College, Melbourne and
moved into competitive swimming in 1995 after leaving school at the
age of eighteen. His first big break came in 1998 at the world
swimming championships in Perth, Western Australia with
a gold in the 4 x 100m medley relay.
At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Welsh
broke onto the international scene winning three Olympic
100 metre backstroke
4 x 100 m medley relay
200 metre backstroke
Welsh placed 5th in the 100 backstroke at the 2004
Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Welsh was unable to beat the younger generation at the trials
and didn't compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Welsh has won several world championship titles in both
backstroke and butterfly. He has held the Australian record in the
100 metre backstroke since 1998. He has also won more Australian
swimming titles than any swimmer in history, claiming his 50th win
at the 2006 Australian titles in Brisbane in December 2006.
He married Lauren Newton, the daughter of
TV star Bert Newton,
on 4 November, 2006 at St Dominic's Catholic Church in Melbourne.
They were engaged in December 2005. They are parents to Sam Albert,
born January 2008 and Eva Eunice, born May 2009.
World Short Course Champions in Men's 4×100 m
1993: United States (Schwenk, Wunderlich, Henderson, Olsen) • 1995:
Zealand (Winter, Kent, Callaghan, Bray) • 1997: Australia (Radley, Rogers, Huegill, Klim) •
1999: Australia (Welsh, Rogers, Klim, Fydler) • 2000: United
States (Krayzelburg, Marrs, Walker, Tucker) • 2002: United
States (Peirsol, Denniston, Marshall, Lezak) •
2004: United States (Peirsol, Hansen, Crocker, Lezak) •
2006: Australia (Welsh, Rickard, Pine, Callus) • 2008: Russia (Donets,
Geybel, Korotyshkin, Sukhorukov)