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A swimmer since the age of four, Hanson was the youngest swimmer on the Australian national team at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, where she finished fourth in the 200m breatstroke. However, she would not qualify for another major International competion for eight years, until she qualified for the 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. At the 2003 World Championships, she would finish second in the 50m breaststroke and sixth in the 100m breaststroke.
At the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, Hanson won a gold medal in the 4x100 Medley relay by swimming the breaststroke leg in a preliminary heat. She also won silver in the 100m breaststroke.
Several weeks later, at the 2004 FINA Short Course World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hanson would win an unpresidented six gold medals. Five of these gold medals would come in individual events, which is a feat that no other swimmer had accomplished before in a major International meet.
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