John Davies (swimmer)

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John Griffith Davies (born May 17, 1929 in Willoughby , New South Wales , † March 24, 2020 in Pasadena , California ) was an Australian swimmer .

Growing up near Sydney , he celebrated his first success in 1947 when he became Australian champion over 200 yards chest . He was able to repeat this success the following year and was accepted into the team for the 1948 Olympic Games in London . There, in the final, although he was 0.2 seconds faster than the future bronze medalist Robert Sohl according to the timing , he was only awarded fourth place due to a jury decision because of the alleged later attack. At the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 , he was then able to secure the Olympic victory over the 200 m chest.

After his career as an athlete, Davies became a successful lawyer . He settled in the United States and obtained US citizenship. From 1986 to 1998 he served as a judge in the federal district court for the central district of California .

In 1984 he was inducted into the international swimming sport hall of fame .

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