When Paul Kingsman won his bronze medal in the 200m backstroke at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, there was an extra thrill because it was such an unexpected success.

The 21-year-old Aucklander, so well trained by Hilton Brown, eventually left Seoul in triumph after a rollercoaster ride to the bronze medal. He went into the Olympics ranked 14th in the world over 200m, but qualified for the final with a time of 2min 02.20s, which made him the second-slowest finalist and left him in lane one, well away from the expected action in the middle of the pool.

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