Aussie Olympic legend rushed to hospital in major health scare

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Duncan Armstrong (pictured) celebrates after winning the 200m Freestyle gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Duncan Armstrong (pictured) celebrates after winning the 200m Freestyle gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. (Getty Images)

Aussie swimming legend Duncan Armstrong was rushed to hospital after he suffered a heart attack in Brisbane.

The 52-year-old, who won the gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, was reported to have suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Brisbane hospital on Tuesday.

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Armstrong underwent a bypass surgery and is believed to be recovering.

A shining light in Aussie swimming folklore, Armstrong came to the forefront of the public’s attention in 1988 when he won gold in the 200m freestyle at the Seoul Olympics.

The Aussie was ranked 25th going into the race against champions American Matt Biondi, Polish swimmer Artur Wojdat and German Michael Gross.

His personal best time before the 1988 Olympics wouldn’t have qualified him for the final, but Armstrong brainstormed a plan with legendary swimming coach Laurie Lawrence.

Armstrong was to say as close to Biondi all race.

This helped Armstrong not only claim gold, but he broke the world record in the final to etch his name in Olympic folklore.

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Armstrong and swimming legend Ian Thorpe are the only two Aussies to have won gold in the men’s 200m Freestyle event at the Olympics.

He also won silver in the 400m in the 1988 Olympics.

Armstrong retired after the 1992 Barcelona Games, but went on to commentate for Channel Nine and Fox Sports for swimming.

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