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Graham Sykes

Full name: Graham Sykes
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: July 20, 1937 in Coventry, West Midlands, Great Britain
Died: November 26, 2008 in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Biography

Graham Sykes was Britain’s top male backstroke swimmer of the late fifties and early sixties. Originally an engineer with the Standard Motor Company he competed internationally competition between 1956 and 1962 with his career highlight being a victory in the 110 yards backstroke at the 1962 British Empire Games in Australia. He also won an Empire Games bronze with the English medley relay team in 1958 and silver in the same event in 1962.

His best Olympic performance came in 1956 where he finished sixth in the 100m backstroke final and failed narrowly to reach the final of that event in 1962. Sykes was captain of the British swimming team for the Roma Olympics and swam the lead-off leg for the medley relay team that took seventh place. He won seven British titles at 110 and 220 yards and was national record holder at 100y, 110y and 100m.

Sykes retired from international competition in 1962 though he continued to compete at regional level and continued his involvement with the sport as an official for many years.

He later helped to develop the SportSystems race management software system.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Great Britain GBR 6
1960 Summer 23 Roma Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Great Britain GBR 5 h2 r2/3
1960 Summer 23 Roma Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Great Britain GBR 7

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Great Britain Final 6 1:05.6
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QU 1:06.5
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Two 1 QU 1:06.2
1960 Summer 23 Roma Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 1:04.7
1960 Summer 23 Roma Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 2 QU 1:04.8

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1960 Summer 23 Roma Swimming Great Britain GBR Final 7 4:17.6 1:03.6 1:03.6
1960 Summer 23 Roma Swimming Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 4 QU 4:16.8 1:03.9 1:03.9