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Cecil Healy

Full name: Cecil Patrick Healy
Gender: Male
Born: November 28, 1881 in Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Died: August 29, 1918 in Mont Saint-Quentin, Moselle, France
Affiliations: East Sydney ASC, Sydney (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia, ANZ Australasia
Sport: Swimming

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

Biography

A pioneer of the Australian crawl style of freestyle and of the technique of side-breathing, Healy emerged as a force in Australian swimming in 1905 when he won both state and Australasian championship at 110 yards freestyle, the latter in a time which equalled the world record. After retaining the Australasian championship in 1906 he was one of just five Australians chosen to travel to Athens. After taking bronze in Athens he went on to tour Europe, winning the championships of England and Germany. Australasian champion in the 110 yards freestyle from 1908 to 1910, a lack of funds caused him to miss the 1908 London Games. Healy’s performances in 1912 meant that he was chosen for the combined Australasian team for Stockholm and was centrally involved in one of the controversies of the Games. An error by the team management of the US team meant that the US contingent missed the semi-finals of the 100m freestyle. Healy argued on behalf of the Americans and assisted in their successful appeal to be able to swim an extra qualification race. The Australian finished second in the final behind American [Duke Kahanamoku], the winner of the additional race. Healy set a world record in his heat of the 400m freestyle but finished fourth in the final as others smashed his world mark. He rounded off his Olympic career by providing the lead-off leg for the victorious Australasian squad in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. After a European tour, in which he broke the world record for the 220 yards freestyle, Healy retired. An accomplished surfer and water polo player, he was a founder member of the Manly Surf Club and was awarded a medal from the Royal Humane Society for his role in saving many lives in the waters around Manly. In 1915 Healy volunteered for service with the Australian Defence Force and, after service in Egypt and France, was sent to England to officer training. Leading his men into battle for the first time, he was killed attempting storm the machine-gun defended German stronghold at Mont St Quentin. He is the only Australian gold medallist to have been killed in action. Some sources claim he is the brother of Alfred Healey, but this has not been confirmed.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 3 Bronze
1906 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 6
1906 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Men's One Mile Freestyle Australia AUS AC DNF
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Australasia ANZ 2 Silver
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Australasia ANZ 4
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Australasia ANZ 1 Gold WR

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T
1906 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Australia Final 3 at 20 yards
1906 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Australia Round One Heat One 2 QU 1:17.8
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Final 2 1:04.6
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:05.6
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 QC 1:04.8
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Round One Heat Four 2 QU 1:05.2

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T
1906 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Australia Final 6 disappointing
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Final 4 5:37.8
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QC 5:37.8
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Australasia Round One Heat Five 1 QU/OR 5:34.0

Men's One Mile Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1906 Summer 24 Athina Swimming Australia Final AC DNF

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Australasia ANZ Final 1 WR 10:11.2
1912 Summer 30 Stockholm Swimming Australasia ANZ Round One Heat Two 1 QU/WR 10:14.0
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