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Frank Gailey

Full name: Francis "Frank" Gailey
Gender: Male
Born: January 21, 1882 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died: July 10, 1972 in Garden Grove, California, United States
Affiliations: Olympic Club, San Francisco (USA)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

The son of Richard Gailey, a prominent Brisbane architect, Francis Gailey was educated at Brisbane Grammar School. A regular medallist at Queensland championships he placed third in the 440 yards at the Australasian Championships in 1902. In February 1904 he travelled to California and joined the Olympic Club of San Francisco where his compatriot Syd Cavill was head coach. At St. Louis he was unlucky to be matched against Charlie Daniels, Germany’s Emil Rausch, and Hungary’s Géza Kiss at the 1904 Olympics. Though Gailey swam well, those three prevented him from winning a gold medal. Later in 1904 he set a world record for the quarter-mile in San Francisco and became the first man to break six minutes for the distance. He returned to Australia but in 1906 settled permanently in America working first as a banker then became a manager of orange-grove plantations in Southern California. Gailey eventually became a naturalized American but at the time of the St. Louis Olympics was an Australian citizen, a fact that was not discovered until 2008

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Men's 220 yard Freestyle Australia AUS 2 Silver
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Men's 440 yard Freestyle Australia AUS 2 Silver
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Men's 880 yard Freestyle Australia AUS 2 Silver
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Men's One Mile Freestyle Australia AUS 3 Bronze

Men's 220 yard Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Australia Final 2 2:46.0

Men's 440 yard Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Australia Final 2 6:22.0

Men's 880 yard Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Australia Final 2 13:23.4

Men's One Mile Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Australia Final 3 28:54.0