Olympic champion Michael Klim undergoes surgery at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Australian Olympic champion Michael Klim is in hospital following surgery to have a cyst removed from his throat.
Klim is recovering at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a prominent cancer treatment centre in Sydney, after undergoing a number of procedures this week.
The 43-year-old revealed the news on social media on Friday, sharing a number of photos and videos from his hospital bed which featured his girlfriend Michelle Owen.
Klim, one of Australia’s greatest swimmers, shared a video of Owen helping him drink through a straw, which he captioned: “My nurse has arrived, I’m a lucky man.”
Owen shared a black-and-white photo of her boyfriend lying in his hospital bed, and wrote: “Get well soon, lover.”
Klim is most famous for his air guitar celebration after winning the 4x100m relay Chris Fydler, Ashley Callus and Ian Thorpe at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Their defeat of the Americans - who’d never lost the Olympic event before that moment - remains one of the defining moments of the 2000 Games.
“It was a bit of fun and games,” Klim said last year.
“Gary Hall, who was the American speedster, he arrived in Australia and did an interview with Sports Illustrated, and he was sponsored by the Gibson guitars at the time.
“He said, ‘The Aussie team will be the hardest to beat, but we’re still going to smash them like my Gibson guitars.
“We didn’t use that as motivation for the race, but once we got the victory, Chris Fydler whispered in our ear and said, ‘Let’s have a bit of fun and play the air guitar.’
“It was a great victory and a special moment for us.”
Klim won four golds at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, two golds at the Sydney Olympics, another two at the 2001 world championships before finishing his career with gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.