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Haroldo Lara

Full name: Haroldo de Melo Lara
Gender: Male
Born: June 9, 1934 in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
Died: January 4, 2015 in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
Affiliations: Clube de Regatas Saldanha da Gama, Santos (BRA)
Country: BRA Brazil
Sport: Swimming

Biography

Haroldo Lara was Brazil’s top swimming sprinter in the 1950s, breaking several Brazilian and South American records. He began his career with Saldanha da Gama Yacht Club, swimming for them as he won São Paulo, Brazilian and South American titles from 1949-56. He was later honored at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro when he carried the Pan American Games torch.

At the end of his swimming career, after competing at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, Lara was discovered for his singing voice. He earned a scholarship to the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Italy and was there for parts of 40 years, performing in opera. He later studied and performed in the United States for 12 years. In 2004 he was given the Cavaliere della Repubblica by the Italian Government.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Brazil BRA 5 h4 r1/3
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Brazil BRA 4 h2 r1/2
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Brazil BRA 4 h4 r1/3

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming Brazil Round One Heat Four 5 1:01.2
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Swimming Brazil Round One Heat Four 4 59.9

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1952 Summer 18 Helsinki Swimming Brazil BRA Round One Heat Two 4 9:09.0 2:15.6 2:15.6
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