Ryan John Pini
(born 10 December 1981 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
) is a 2-time Olympic swimmer from Papua New Guinea
. He swam for PNG at the 2004
and 2008 Olympics
; also serving as the PNG flagbearer
in 2008. He is the first PNG swimmer ever to reach an Olympic final.
While Pini grew up in Papua New Guinea, he currently trains primarily in Brisbane, Australia
, and competes for the Yeronga Park Swim Club.
2004 Summer Olympics
Pini competed in the 100 m Butterfly at the 2004 Summer Olympics
, finishing 18th.
2006 Commonwealth Games
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games
, Pini became the just the second individual from Papua New Guinea to win an individual gold medal at any Olympic or Commonwealth Games, when he won the Men's 100 m Butterfly. In doing so, Pini also won Papua New Guinea's first ever swimming medal at an Olympic or Commonwealth Games. His winning time of 52.64 was enough to edge out Michael Klim
and Moss Burmester
of New Zealand
Pini also competed in the final of the Men's 50 m Butterfly, finishing fifth, and made the semifinal of the Men's 100 m freestyle.
2007 World Aquatics Championships
Pini competed in the 2007 World Aquatics Championships
He reached the 100m butterfly and 50m butterfly semifinals.
He competed in the heats of the 100m... Read More