Collating 55 medals from major international competitions, Grant Hackett is deservingly regarded as one of the greatest distance swimmers in history. From 1996 until the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, Grant was undefeated in the 1500m event. His dominance in the distance events is still evident in 2018 as he still holds the Short Course World Record in the 800m Freestyle.
Winning the 400m Freestyle in Championship Record time and making it a treble with Gold in the 800m and 1500m Freestyle, Grant stamped his mark on the sport on debut at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships.
Along with his three Gold medals, Hackett also picked up Silver as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 1997 Pan Pacs.
At the 1999 Sydney Pan Pacs, Hackett claimed Silver in the 400m freestyle, Gold in the 1500m in Championship Record time and was again part of the 4x200m freestyle relay – who went one better than in 1997, claiming Gold and doing it in World Record time.
The 2002 event marked Hackett’s final Pan Pacs campaign, and what a successful campaign it was. Heading home, Hackett had claimed Gold in the 800m and 1500m freestyle, both in Championship Record time. The gold rush continued for Hackett as both the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay finished on top.
Hackett closed out the meet with a further two medals – silver in both the 200m and 400m freestyle.
In 2010 Hackett was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2014.