Former sprint king and world record holder, Eamon Sullivan, announced his retirement shortly after winning the Australian 50m Freestyle title in 2014.
Eamon made his Australian Team debut at the 2004 Athens Olympics as a member of the 4 x 100m Freestyle relay. From a relay swimmer to the leading man, Eamon swam his way to the top of Australian sprinting before conquering the world and becoming the World Record holder in the 50m and 100m Freestyle in early 2008. At his second Olympics in Beijing in 2008, Eamon twice broke the 100m World Record. On the opening day, Eamon lowered the mark as the lead off swimmer in the men’s 4 x 100m Relay final. Australia claimed Silver and Sullivan made the distinction of being the only man to beat the lead off U.S. team member, Michael Phelps. By Games end, Phelps was the most successful Olympian of all-time, making Sullivan’s swim all the more meritorious.
Later in the Games, Eamon would break the World Record in the 100m semi-finals, eventually claiming a second Silver medal when touched out by Frenchman, Alain Bernard, by less than half a second. In all, Eamon came away with two silver and one bronze medals in Beijing, the best performance by a male athlete on the Australian Swim Team. Eamon competed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games after overcoming hip surgery at the start of the year in which he demonstrated a strong return to form winning gold in the 4 x 100m Freestyle and 4 x 100m Medley relays and a bronze in the 100m Freestyle. At the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, Eamon was back in the pool and anchored the successful 4 x 100m Freestyle relay gold medal team. Eamon continued with his strong swimming form in 2012, qualifying for the London Olmpics, and swimming in the finals of both the 4 x 100m Freestyle and the 50m Freestyle.
Out of the pool, Eamon has become one of Australia’s most recognizable faces. Post-Beijing, Eamon brought together two of his keen interests, cooking and the media, as a contestant on Network Ten’s Celebrity Masterchef. The Perth native proved to be a hit in the kitchen, impressing the judges to win the competition and be crowned Australia’s first Celebrity Masterchef. In 2011 Eamon was named ‘CLEO’ bachelor of the year while subsequently releasing his first cook book, ‘Eamon’s Kitchen’.
Sullivan will now focus his attention on Keynote speaking engagements and running his three restaurants in Perth, “Louis Baxter”, “Bib & Tucker” and the newly opened “May Street Larder”.