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Lisbeth Lenton-Trickett

Lisbeth Lenton-Trickett

Date of birth





166 cm


60.0 kg


Freestyle, butterfly

Word records

14 (50m and 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley relay - long course ; 100m and 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 4x100m medley relay - short course) - up to 26/04/2008

Olympic Games (2 medals - 1 gold, 1 bronze)

  • 50m freestyle : 3rd (2004)
  • 4x100m freestyle relay : 1st (2004)

World Championships (12 medals - 8 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)

  • 50m freestyle : 1st (2005, 2007), 3rd (2003)
  • 100m freestyle : 1st (2007)
  • 100m butterfly : 1st (2007), 2nd (2005)
  • 4x100m freestyle relay : 1st (2005, 2007), 3rd (2003)
  • 4x200m freestyle relay : 2nd (2005)
  • 4x100m medley relay : 1st (2005, 2007)

World Short Course Championships (12 medals - 7 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)

  • 50m freestyle : 1st (2006), 2nd (2004)
  • 100m freestyle : 1st (2004, 2006)
  • 50m butterfly : 3rd (2004)
  • 100m butterfly : 1st (2006)
  • 4x100m freestyle relay : 2nd (2006), 3rd (2004)
  • 4x200m freestyle relay : 1st (2006), 2nd (2004)
  • 4x100m medley relay : 1st (2004, 2006)

Commonwealth Games (7 medals - 5 gold, 2 silver)

  • 50m freestyle : 1st (2006)
  • 100m freestyle : 1st (2006)
  • 200m freestyle : 2nd (2006)
  • 100m butterfly : 2nd (2006)
  • 4x100m freestyle relay : 1st (2006)
  • 4x200m freestyle relay : 1st (2006)
  • 4x100m medley relay : 1st (2006)

Other honours

  • Australia's swimmer of the year (2005, 2006, 2007)

Lenton leads the way to Beijing

The powerful Australian swimming programme has produced another diamond in Lisbeth 'Libby' Lenton and the 23-year-old looks set to be one of the stars in the women's Olympic competition as she continues a career in which she has won Olympic and world titles as well as setting multiple world records.

While she first hit the headlines on the eve of the 2004 Athens Games when she set the 100m freestyle world record in qualifying, she lost that mark to teammate Jodie Henry in the semi-finals and failed to qualify for the final itself.

The Queensland swimmer came away from the Greek capital with a gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay in which Australia set a world record and also picked up a 50m freestyle bronze.

But that was just the beginning as she has since gone on to win eight world championship golds including five at Melbourne in 2007 which makes her a hot tip for more Olympic gold in the high-tech 'Cube' swimming complex in the Chinese capital.

While her first Olympic experience can be considered successful, she began to really dominate the field two months later and emerge as the girl to beat at the short-course world championships where she won six medals including two golds in Indianapolis.

High security wedding

She specialises in the 50m and 100m freestyle but is also a champion butterfly swimmer and won silver in the 100m world race in Montreal in 2005 before going one better two years later as she led home the field in front of her adoring Melbourne fans.

Lenton made her world championship debut in 2003 at Barcelona with her first individual medal at a major competition when she bronzed in the 50m freestyle and added another third place finish in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Now her attentions will turn to Beijing and her fantastic showing at the 2007 worlds followed hard on the footsteps of a scintillating season in 2006 where she lit up the competitions at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne again and world short-course championships in Shanghai.

Firstly at Melbourne, she mastered her great rival Henry to win the 50m and 100m freestyle races as part of a seven-medal haul including five golds and a world record in the 4x100m medley.

Then at Shanghai, she was named the female swimmer of the meet winning five of Australia's 12 golds and adding a silver.

In March 2008 she was again the centre of attention settting world records in both the 50m and 100m freestyle races at the Australian trials. She became the first woman to go under 24 secs (23.97) in the 50m and first to go under 53secs (52.88) in the 100m.

Her acheivements were slightly tinged when her new husband Luke Trickett - whom she married in March 2007 - failed to qualify for the Games in the breastroke.

All this bodes well for Beijing where she is expected to win freestyle, butterfly and relay golds.

Copyright 2008 Agence France-Presse.


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