Swimming is the undisputed flagship of every Australian Olympic Games campaign.
Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, cruised into the Rio Games 100m track semis overnight, to open his campaign to become the first athlete in Olympic history to win the same three events for a record third consecutive time.
In 1988 at Seoul, Suriname’s Anthony Nesty became the first and only black male swimmer to win Olympic gold, besting the seemingly unbeatable American Matt Biondi in the 100m fly.
Fiji had 12 super-talented sevens players, which is why they left out Jarryd Hayne to win Olympic gold.
It took an Aussie journeyman to lift the first golf tournament at the Olympic Games in 112 years.
In 1924 and 1928, American Johnny Weissmuller won the Olympic Games 100m freestyle in Paris and Amsterdam respectively.