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Kevin Berry

Full name: Kevin John Berry
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: April 10, 1945 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: December 7, 2006 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: ?, South Australia, (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Discovered as a talented butterfly swimmer early on, Kevin Berry débuted at the Olympics when he was only 15. He made the final of the 200 m butterfly and swam in the heats of 4 x 100 m medley relay, in which Australia earned a silver medal. Berry first bettered the world record in this distance two years later, one of 12 set during his career (including Imperial distances). At the 1962 Commonwealth Games, Berry earned three golds, winning both individual butterfly events and the medley relay. At the 1964 Olympics, he overwhelmingly won the 200 m butterfly gold, lowering his own world record to 2:06.6. He also won a bronze with the Australian relay squad. A six-time Australian champion, Berry lost his form after the Tokyo Games, and became a sports journalist. Starting out as a photographer, he eventually became head of sports at Australian channel ABC. A noted Olympic historian, he was an early member of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) and published "2000 Things You Didn’t Know About The Olympic Games".

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 15 Roma Swimming Men's 200 metres Butterfly Australia AUS 6
1960 Summer 15 Roma Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Australia AUS 2 Silver OR
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Men's 200 metres Butterfly Australia AUS 1 Gold WR
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Australia AUS 3 Bronze

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 15 Roma Swimming Australia Final 6 2:18.5
1960 Summer 15 Roma Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QU 2:23.1
1960 Summer 15 Roma Swimming Australia Round One Heat Five 1 QU 2:18.9
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Australia Final 1 WR 2:06.6
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 2:09.8
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Australia Round One Heat Two 1 QU 2:11.0

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1960 Summer 15 Roma Swimming Australia AUS Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 4:14.8 1:01.7 3:19.6
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Australia AUS Final 3 4:02.3 57.7 3:08.5
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Australia AUS Round One Heat Two 4 QU 4:11.4 1:00.1 3:16.5