Fact of the Day
Feb 26, 1999
WENDEN WINS OLYMPIC 100, WITHSTANDS WALSH'S WITHERING CHALLENGE
In Mexico City, October 19th, 1968, it looked as if the Olympic 100 men's freestyle final was a forgone battle between U.S. swimmers, Mark Spitz, Ken Walsh and Zac Zorn.
But Michael Wendon, the high-revving Australian, had ideas of his own when he put in a spectacular finish to win the gold, three feet in front of Walsh in a new world mark of 52.2 seconds. Mark Spitz, the pre-meet favourite was third, while Zac Zorn, who seemed unbeatable as he turned first at the 50, a full body-length ahead, faded fast to finish last.