Grant Hackett’s Rite Of Passage At Perth 1998 And A Gauntlet At The Feet Of Perkins

In his heyday in the pool: Grant Hackett; inset with Kieren Perkins - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Perth 1998 – 20th anniversary. As our series of articles marking the 20th anniversary of the 8th World Championships draw to a close, we consider the Australian teens about to open a new chapter in freestyle swimming. First up, the Australian ace who would rattle the 14:30 mark with a timewarp of a swim in 2001 to deliver one of the most spectacular moments in the history of dizzying distance highs in between Olympic crowns Grant Hackett: from the archive – contemporary notes from 1998 and 2004 … “Hackett put on display the thing that might well become his signature if more meat meets bone and this athlete matures into the Great White he looks destined to become: a starting sprint to kill them all, then merciless, metronomic pace and pressure none could withstand…”

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Perth 1998 – 20th anniversary. As our series of articles marking the 20th anniversary of the 8th World Championships draw to a close, we consider the Australian teens about to open a new chapter in freestyle swimming. First up, the Australian ace who would rattle the 14:30 mark with a timewarp of a swim in 2001 to deliver one of the most spectacular moments in the history of dizzying distance highs in between Olympic crowns Grant Hackett: from the archive – contemporary notes from 1998 and 2004 … “Hackett put on display the thing that might well become his signature if more meat meets bone and this athlete matures into the Great White he looks destined to become: a starting sprint to kill them all, then merciless, metronomic pace and pressure none could withstand…”

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