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Paul Marshall

Full name: Paul Julian Marshall
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: April 28, 1961 in [unknown], Unknown, Ghana
Died: May 23, 2009 in Dundee, Dundee City, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Born in Ghana, Paul Marshall was just a few weeks old when adopted by a Scottish family and was raised in Dundee and educated at the town's Harris Academy. He represented Scotland in five events at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Canada and narrowly missed out on medals in the two relays and individual 100m backstroke event. At the Moscow Olympic Games Marshall finished last in his semi-final of the 100m backstroke and swam the opening leg in the heat of the medley relay but was replaced by Gary Abraham in the final where the British claimed the bronze medal.

He retired from competitive swimming soon afterwards and, after a year working in local radio, began a career in the Royal Air Force where he served for over 20 years and rose to the rank of Squadron Leader. Paul Marshall died in 2009 after a two year battle with cancer. At the time of his death he remained the only black swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Great Britain GBR 8 h1 r2/3
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 8 58.82
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Four 2 QU 58.35

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1980 Summer 19 Moskva Swimming Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:51.66 59.04 59.04
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