David O'Brien (Australia)
David O'Brien, OAM is an open water swimmer who has completed solo swims of the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 to date. His swims have been honored by the Rottnest Channel Swim Honour Board. He was introduced to swimming at a young age and progressed from a successful junior pool swimming career into surf lifesaving and open water swimming and marathon swimming over a 26-year career in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.A.
Open Water Swimming Career
- O'Brien was the Australian national champion in open water surf lifesaving races.
- O'Brien made his first Australian national swim team in 1985, competing in the 400m freestyle in what is now the Pan Pacific Games.
- O'Brien won the Australian Open Surf Belt National championship at the 1988 titles held at Wanda.
- O'Brien was chosen to captain the Australian team for the Trans Tasman Test to New Zealand in 1989.
- O'Brien was a multiple gold medal winning Australian open water swimming national champion spanning 5 years.
- O'Brien won a world open water swimming gold medal (team) and a bronze medal (solo 25 km) at the 1991 FINA World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia.
- O'Brien set the record in the Rottnest Channel Swim and won the race four times in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996.
- In 1993, he broke the existing record by 12 minutes with a time of 4 hours 2 minutes 8 seconds.
- In 1994, he won in 4 hours 30 minutes 6 seconds.
- O'Brien was a gold medalist in the Pan Pacific Championships in Atlanta, Georgia
- O'Brien won the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships 15 km marathon swim in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1991.
- O'Brien won the 1991 Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy in 6 hours 48 minutes.
- O'Brien won several ocean swimming events on Australia’s East Coast.
- O'Brien competed in the 1992 Magnetic Island Open Water Swim - in a shark cage.
- O'Brien captained the Australian national open water swim team at the 1994 FINA World Championships in Rome where he won the gold medal in the 25 km marathon swim.
- O'Brien frequently represented Australia at two FINA World Swimming Championships and many international competitions in Europe and the Americas from 1991 thru to the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in 1995.
- O'Brien won the 2007 Bondi to Bronte Ocean Swim.
- O'Brien was part of the winning 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990 Maui Channel Swims in Hawaii, a 9.6-mile relay from the island of Lanai to Maui.
- O'Brien completed an 33 km unprecedented solo swim from Kurnell to Sydney in 7 hours 54 minutes in February 1994, sponsored by the Westfield called the Settlement Marathon Challenge.
• NSW State Open 400/800/1500m Freestyle Pool Swimming Champion 1985 - 1986
• Australian Open Surf Belt National Champion 1988 – SLSA Australia Wanda Beach NSW
• Australian National Surf Lifesaving Team Captain - Trans Tasman Test to New Zealand 1989
• Australian Open Water 15 km Swimming Champion 1989
• Australian Open Water Marathon Swim Champion 25 km 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994
• Australian Open Water Swimming Champion 10 km 1992, 1993, and 1994
• FINA World Ranking in Top 10 in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994,and 1995
• USA National 15 km Champion 1991 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
• 1991 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships 25 km Bronze Medallist - Perth
• 1994 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships 25 km Gold Medalist – Rome
• 1995 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 25 km Gold Medallist – Atlanta USA
• 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim 4-time winner in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 in Fremantle Western Australia
• Awarded Australian Sports Medal - ASM in 2000 for contribution to Swimming and marathon swimming
• First Australian athlete to represent Australia in 3 separate swimming disciplines: 1. Pool Swimming, 2. Surf Lifesaving, and 3. Open Water Marathon Swimming
• 2011 World Police & Fire Games 9 medals won in pool and open water swimming – New York
1991 FINA World Championships 25 km Race Results
Held in Swan River in Perth, Australia.
1 Chad Hundeby 5:01:46
2 Sergio Chariandini 5:03:19
3 David O'Brien 5:08:53
4 Nace Majcen 5:13:08
5 Jay Wilkerson 5:15:20
6 Roberto Faccinetti 5:16:14
7 Christof Wandratsch 5:18:44
8 Peter Galvin 5:19:28
9 Dragan Kurgic 5:20:32
10 Greg Streppel 5:22:52
11 Martijn van Heusden 5:24:07
12 Attila Molnar 5:26:21
13 Justin Palfrey 5:29:40
14 Michal Sanda 5:31:35
15 Jaime Gavaid 5:33:03
16 Mauricio Buczmiejuk 5:33:13
17 Dusan Toth Szabo 5:38:17
18 Marc Newman 5:40:46
19 Erik van Dartel 5:41:31
20 Michal Spacek 5:46:53
21 Ricardo Sperti 5:58:54
22 Jordi Cervera 6:02:31
23 Mohammed Abdel 6:04:07
24 Nazr Hasabala 6:06:48
25 Karim Madsen 6:42:30
26 Taranath Narayan Shenoy 7:26:41
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- Rottnest Channel Swim
- Rottnest Channel Swim Honour Board
- Marathon Swimming
- Open Water Swimming
- International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- World Open Water Swimming Association