20-Years Ago: Perth 1998 World Titles, King Klim And The Dawn of Thorpe/Hackett Era

Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett led swimming into a new era of speed [By Patrick B. Kraemer]

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the 1998 World Championships, the global meet that marked seven medals for Michael Klim, the thrilling arrival of Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe, whose victory in the 400m freestyle at 15 years of age made him the youngest world champion among men in the history of the sport. The accolade is his yet. Jenny Thompson was top woman, two of her four golds in solo events, her tally contributing to USA’s team victory, Australia, the hosts next-best nation well ahead of next in line. There were no world records for the first time in world-titles history – but plenty of controversies. During the week ahead, we will recall some of the highlights and most significant moments of Perth 1998. Today, to mark the anniversary of the start of seven days of racing, here is an overview of the championships

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the 1998 World Championships, the global meet that marked seven medals for Michael Klim, the thrilling arrival of Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe, whose victory in the 400m freestyle at 15 years of age made him the youngest world champion among men in the history of the sport. The accolade is his yet. Jenny Thompson was top woman, two of her four golds in solo events, her tally contributing to USA’s team victory, Australia, the hosts next-best nation well ahead of next in line. There were no world records for the first time in world-titles history – but plenty of controversies. During the week ahead, we will recall some of the highlights and most significant moments of Perth 1998. Today, to mark the anniversary of the start of seven days of racing, here is an overview of the championships

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