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Melanie WRIGHT
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
Born31 Aug 1986
Height1.76 m
Weight 65 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Husband Chris Wright
Other names
Melanie Schlanger
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Higher education
Biomedical Science, Business Administration, Medicine - Bond University: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age 12 for three months but then quit because she hated it. She returned to the sport at age 15.
Why this sport?
She wanted to win at her school swimming carnival so started training.
International Debut
Competing for
Pan Pacific Games
General Interest
Mel, Melly, Schlangs, Schlang-dawg (melanieschlanger.com.au, 10 Apr 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in two Olympic Games and winning five Olympic medals. (sport.bond.edu.au, 15 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Liesel Jones. (olympics.com.au, 11 Apr 2012)
She withdrew herself from contention for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, due to rib and shoulder injuries and illness that hindered her preparation. (foxsports.com.au, 05 Jul 2013)

She suffered from cytomegalovirus [similar to glandular fever] in 2010 and quit the sport before recovering and returning to the pool after 10 months. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 10 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going." (Twitter profile, 25 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
With her 4x100m freestyle teammates she won the 2014 Golden Moment Award from Swimming Australia for their world record-breaking swim at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (swimswam.com, 22 Dec 2014)

She was inducted into the Australian Path of Champions in 2014. The Path of Champions recognises the achievements of Australia’s top athletes. (swimswam.com, 21 Oct 2014)

She was selected as joint Western Athletic Conference [WAC] Freshman of the Year for the 2004/05 season. (Star Bulletin, 18 Dec 2005)
Other sports
She competed at state level in athletics until she was 15 and also competed at national level in water polo. (olympics.com.au, 11 Apr 2012)
Famous relatives
Her husband Chris Wright has also represented Australia in swimming. (swimswam.com, 14 Sep 2014)
Other information
She retired from competitive swimming in April 2016 to focus on her medical studies. "I've had a fantastic career and I'm really proud of what I've been able to do and looking forward to what lies ahead." (goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 12 Apr 2016)

She has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on her ankle and an astrology symbol that means 'create your own ending' on her wrist. (olympics.com.au, 11 Apr 2012)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2012 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 53.47
2 2012 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:44.41
2 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.02
1 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.15
3 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.05
1 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:58.94
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.48
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.48
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2007 Sydney, NSW, AUS 100m Freestyle 53.90