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John Brockway

Full name: William John Brockway
Gender: Male
Born: October 8, 1928 in Bristol, Bristol, Great Britain
Died: July 26, 2009 in Newport, Newport, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Biography

John Brockway won the first of his seven Amateur Swimming Association British national titles at 100y/110y backstroke in 1948, the same year he reached the final of the metric equivalent of that event at the London Olympic Games. His first major international medal came at the 1950 British Empire Games where he placed second behind South Africa's Jackie Wiid and it was the next celebration of these Games that was to be the highlight of his career. In Vancouver in 1954 at the newly renamed British Empire & Commonwealth Games he held off the challenge of Lincoln Hurring to become the first representative of Wales to win a gold medal in swimming at any Empire Games.

He narrowly failed to make a second Olympic final in 1952 but won a bronze medal at the 1954 European Championships in Torino. Brockway was captain of the British swimming on his third Olympic appearance at Melbourne and continued to swim at the highest level until 1958. His last international event was in 1958 at the British Empire & Commonwealth Games where he took the competitors oath and swam in the finals of both the 110y backstroke and the medley relay (with the non-Olympians B.F. Newman, J.E. Beaven, and R. Evans) - finishing sixth both times. In addition to his ASA titles Brockway was Welsh backstroke champion eight times during his career. Outside the swimming pool he, who was a qualified engineer, spent his working life in the steel industry.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 19 London Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Great Britain GBR 7
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Great Britain GBR 5 h1 r2/3
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Great Britain GBR 4 h3 r1/3

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 19 London Swimming Great Britain Final 7 1:09.2
1948 Summer 19 London Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 1:09.1
1948 Summer 19 London Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 1 QU 1:09.2
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 5 1:09.0
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Five 1 QU 1:08.8
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 4 1:07.7
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