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Kiah MELVERTON
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born05 Nov 1996 in Southport, AUS
Height1.73 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Connor O'Neill
Residence
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science - Griffith University: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began pool swimming to maintain her fitness for surf life saving as a member of the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. She began swimming competitively at age 16.
Why this sport?
"One year I qualified for nationals in the 800 free but decided not to go because I wanted to compete at Aussies [Australian surf life saving championships] instead. The next year I was like, 'Hang on, I'm actually a half decent swimmer, maybe I should give swimming a crack'. That's when surf faded out and swimming took over."
Club / Team
St Peters Western: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Training Regime
She has 10 swim sessions a week. "They're usually like two and a half hours. I rarely go 70km a week these days [speaking in 2021], I used to do a lot more when I was younger. We've kind of pulled it back a bit as I focus a bit more on my speed stuff. I'd usually hover between 60 and 65km a week. I'm in the gym three times a week. It ends up being a pretty big training week but when you're a distance swimmer that's just how it is."
General Interest
Nicknames
Killer [Her coach said she had a "killer instinct" because she wouldn't let people swim over the top of her in training]. (Australian Dolphins Swim Team YouTube channel, 01 Apr 2020)
Hobbies
Going to the beach, music, going out for breakfast. (swimming.org.au, 10 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 800m freestyle at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (swimming.org.au, 10 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Christ Nesbit. (The Physical Performance Show podcast, 23 Apr 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Tracey Wickham. (The Physical Performance Show podcast, 23 Apr 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)
Other sports
She has also competed in open water swimming at international level, and finished tied for seventh in the 5km event at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Feb 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (theinnersanctum.com.au, 19 Aug 2021)
Other information
OPEN WATER SWIMMING
She has competed in open water swimming and won the 5km event at the Australian championships in 2017. "I definitely wasn't expecting to win [the Australian championship title], but knew I had a chance. Open water is something I've always done, just as part of training or whenever there's state or nationals, I've got in and given it a good crack. When I came out a minute faster than some of the other girls I was so shocked, I didn't see that coming at all. I've always been a better endurance athlete, that just kind of comes naturally to me, unfortunately. I wish I was a sprinter, I wish I could get away with doing the 100m freestyle or something." (theinnersanctum.com.au, 15 Aug 2021; The Physical Performance Show podcast, 23 Apr 2017; swimming.org.au, 01 Jan 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has volunteered as a swim coach at TSS Aquatic club in Southport, QLD, Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 16:00.36
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:22.25
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2022 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:18.77
7 2022 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:05.62
2 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:43.86
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 16:01.38
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle 8:25.07
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 400m Freestyle 4:09.56
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 800m Freestyle 8:16.51
13 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 400m Freestyle 4:06.51 
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:40.00
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:06.71
7 2019 Tokyo, JPN 400m Individual Medley 4:45.78
1 2019 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:22.24
3 2016 Singapore, SGP 800m Freestyle 8:24.16
5 2016 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 4:10.92
4 2016 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:46.54
6 2016 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:27.12
6 2016 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:07.39
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 59:27.5
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km - Team Relay 54:42.9