Australian swimming mourns former Olympic champion John Konrads By Reuters

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian swimming mourned the death of Olympic gold medalist John Konrads at the age of 78 on Monday. Latvian-born Konrads, who learned to swim at a migrant camp in rural New South Wales, won the 1,500th I won freestyle gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics and set a series of world records when He was a teenager in the late 1950s. Along with his sister Ilsa, who won a silver in the freestyle relay in Rome, the two were known as the “Konrads Kids.” “As a swimming sensation in the 1950s and 1960s, John Konrads dominated the world swimming scene, breaking all world records for freestyle between 200 and 1,500 meters when he was 15 years old,” said the President of the Salon de Sport Australia Fame John Bertrand in a statement. “Our condolences go out to his sister Ilsa, the Konrads family, and the many lives John touched within the swimming and wider communities.” John Konrads kept the 1,500 meter Olympic gold in Australian hands, beating silver medalist Murray Rose, who won the 1956 title in Melbourne. Konrads also won bronze in the 400m freestyle and the 4x200m relay in Rome.

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