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RADMILOVIC , PAUL ( 1886 - 1968 ), swimmer .

Born 5 Mar. 1886 in Cardiff , of a Greek father and Irish mother, but he lived most of his life at Weston-super-Mare . He competed in five Olympic Games from 1908 to 1928 and won gold medals in three of them — for water-polo in 1908 , 1912 , 1920 and as a member of the British relay team in 1908 . Had World War I not prevented the Games being held in 1916 , Raddy — as he was called — must have won more gold medals and participated in more Olympics than any other swimmer . He won the Welsh 100 yds. championship 15 times between 1901 and 1922 . In 1929 , when he was 43 yrs. old, he won the Welsh 440 and 880 yds. championships . In 1967 he was honoured by the Hall of Fame at Fort Lauderdale , Florida , one of the few British competitors to receive one of the principal honours of the swimming world. He d. 29 Sept. 1968 .

For 80 years Radmilovic was Britain’s most successful Olympian until Steve Redgrave won a fifth gold medal in 2000.

Sources:

  • Pat Besford , Encyclopaedia of Swimming , London, 1971 (1971) .

Author:

Bedwyr Lewis Jones (1933-92), Bangor

Published date: 2001