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Brad Cooper

Full name: Bradford Paul "Brad" Cooper
Gender: Male
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: July 19, 1954 in Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Affiliations: ?, New South Wales, (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Brad Cooper was a great all-around swimmer, whose career was a bit marred by the controversy surrounding his 1972 Olympic 400 m freestyle gold medal. At München, the favorites for 400 freestyle gold were Cooper and young American [Rick DeMont], after the world record holder Kurt Krumpholz did not make the American Olympic team. In the Olympic final, Cooper and DeMont swam the last 50 m shoulder by shoulder and it was unclear who had won the race, but the electric timers gave it to DeMont by 1/100th of a second – 4:00.26 to 4:00.27. Two days after the news broke that DeMont had tested positive for a banned substance and was disqualified from the 400 freestyle. DeMont was an asthmatic and did not deny that he had taken Marax, an ephedrine derivative, the night before his 400 free final. DeMont never hid the fact that he took the drug on a regular basis for his asthma, and had noted this on his medical form required of US athletes, but the United States’ team doctors had never checked to see if it contained any banned substances and never notified the IOC. The IOC initially left the gold medal vacant, until a protest from the Australian delegation resulted in Cooper being awarded the gold medal, but after hearing the final decision Cooper said, “I don’t want the medal.”

Born in Singapore, Cooper’s family moved to Rockhampton, Queensland when he was five. He was equally strong at freestyle and backstroke, but had a brief swimming career, and was only on the Australian national team from 1970-74. Besides his Olympic gold, Cooper won 400 free and 4x200 free relay silvers and a 1,500 bronze at the 1973 World Championships, and 200 backstroke gold, 400 freestyle silver, and 100 backstroke bronze at the 1974 Commonwealth Games. He won multiple Australian titles – 200 free in 1973; 400 free in 1972-74; 800 free in 1973; 1,500 in 1972; 100 back in 1971-73, and 200 back in 1971-74. He also set two world records during his career – 4:01.7 in 400 m at the 1972 Australian Nationals and Olympic Trials and 8:23.8 in 800 m freestyle at the 1972 New South Wales State championships.

Cooper retired from competition after the 1974 season and later worked as a journalist. He has also worked as a swimming coach and owned Cooper's Burleigh Aquatic Centre at Burleigh Heads, Queensland, a suburb in the city of Gold Coast.

Personal bests: 400 m freestyle - 3:58.70 (1973); 1500 m freestyle - 15:45.04 (1973); 200 m backstroke – 2:06.59 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 1 Gold
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 7
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Australia AUS 5
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Men's 200 metres Backstroke Australia AUS 4
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Australia AUS 3 h3 r1/2

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 2cT 2cR 3cT 3cR 100-200m 200-300m 300-400m
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Australia Final 1 OR 4:00.27 59.24 3 2:00.92 1 3:01.28 1 1:01.68 (3) 1:00.36 (1) 58.99 (2)
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Australia Round One Heat Four 1 Q/OR 4:04.59 59.92 1 2:01.73 1 3:03.77 1 1:01.81 (1) 1:02.04 (2) 1:00.82 (2)

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 100m 200m 300m 400m 500m 600m 700m 800m 900m 1000m 1100m 1200m 1300m 1400y 100-300m 400-500m 6-7m 7-8 900-1000 11-13m 1300-1500y
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Australia Final 7 16:30.49 1:02.37 (6) 2:05.32 (5) 3:08.47 (3) 4:12.41 (3) 5:16.11 (3) 6:20.11 (3) 7:25.64 (4) 8:31.26 (5) 9:38.91 (4) 10:47.58 (4) 11:56.60 (5) 13:05.02 (6) 14:13.65 (7) 15:22.73 (7) 1:02.95 (2) / 1:03.15 (1) 1:03.94 (4) / 1:03.70 (3) 1:04.00 (3) / 1:05.53 (5) 1:05.62 (7) / 1:07.65 (7) 1:08.67 (8) / 1:09.02 (8) 1:08.42 (8) / 1:08.63 (8) 1:09.08 (8) / 1:07.76 (7)
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Australia Round One Heat Five 1 Q 16:11.41 1:02.99 (2) 2:07.07 (1) 3:11.91 (1) 4:16.24 (1) 5:20.47 (1) 6:24.60 (1) 7:29.24 (1) 8:33.92 (1) 9:39.62 (1) 10:44.22 (1) 11:49.99 (1) 12:55.89 (1) 14:01.25 (1) 15:06.89 (1) 1:04.08 (1) / 1:04.84 (1) 1:04.33 (1) / 1:04.23 (1) 1:04.13 (1) / 1:04.64 (1) 1:04.68 (1) / 1:05.70 (1) 1:04.60 (1) / 1:05.77 (1) 1:05.90 (1) / 1:05.36 (1) 1:05.64 (1) / 1:04.52 (2)

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Australia AUS Final 5 1:57.54 7:48.66 5

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Australia Final 4 2:06.59 29.98 7 1:02.65 7 1:34.91 4 32.67 (5) 32.26 (4) 31.68 (1)
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Australia Round One Heat Three 1 Q 2:07.90 29.79 2 1:02.08 1 1:35.15 1 32.29 (1) 33.07 (1) 32.75 (2)

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1972 Summer 18 München Swimming Australia AUS Round One Heat Three 3 1:00.77 1:00.77 2
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