Madeleine Gough | Australian Olympic Committee

Madeleine's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Swimming
Event: 1500m freestyle
Olympic History: Olympic debutant
Highlights: 5th at the 2019 World Championships
Club: TSS Aquatics
Year Born: 1999
State Born: NSW

About Madeleine

Madeleine Gough joined her first swim club when she was 10-year-old in Coffs Harbour. Today, the young gun trains under Chris Nesbitt at TSS Aquatics on the Gold Coast. 

Maddy qualified for her first Australian team in 2018, after competing at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. At the event, Maddy narrowly missed the podium in the 400m freestyle finishing in fourth place. She also competed in the 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle, where she finished seventh and sixth respectively. 

At her maiden World Championships in South Korea, Maddy achieved a personal best result finishing fifth in the women’s 1500m final. 

At the 2021 Olympic Trials, the 22-year-old broke the Australian national record for the 1500m freestyle in a time of 15:46.13. Maddy's time ranks her number 3 in the world leading into Tokyo 2021, behind USA’s Katie Ledecky and China’s Wang Jianjiahe. 

Maddy will make her Olympic debut in Tokyo, competing in the women’s 1500m freestyle alongside her long time training partner Kiah Malverton.  

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