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Dennis Ford

Full name: Dennis George Ford
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3 (191 cm)
Born: February 3, 1931 in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Died: January 1, 2009 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Country: RSA South Africa
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Husband of Moira Abernethy.

Biography

Dennis Ford took up swimming at the age of three, competed in his first race three years later, and joined the Transvaal team in 1950. Between 1951 and 1953 he won numerous Transvaal freestyle titles and broke many records. In 1952 he competed at four events at the Summer Olympics, three individual races (the 100, 400, and 1,500 freestyle) where he was eliminated prior to the finals, and the 4x200 m freestyle relay (alongside [Graham Johnston], [Peter Duncan] and [John Durr]), where the team placed seventh. The following year he was South African champion in the 100, 400, and 1,500 m freestyle events. This led him to be selected for the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, where he took home a bronze medal in the 4x220 yard relay (with Johnston, Duncan, and [Billy Steuart]) and was eliminated in the heats of the 110 y freestyle.

Ford returned to the Olympics in 1956, this time participating in two events. He was eliminated in round one of the 100 m freestyle and was eighth in the 4x200 m freestyle relay with Duncan, Steuart, and [Tony Briscoe]. Ford retired from active competition in 1960, but continued swimming until shortly before his death from cancer on New Year’s Day 2009. He was also a proficient water polo player at the Transvaal provincial level and was involved in numerous other sports. His second marriage, in 1994, was to [Moira Abernethy], a bronze medalist in the 4x100 m relay in Melbourne. Outside of athletics he was employed as an insurance company clerk and was active as a conservationist.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 4 h8 r1/3
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 5 h2 r2/3
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 3 h5 r1/2
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay South Africa RSA 7
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 6 h3 r1/3
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay South Africa RSA 8

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Eight 4 1:01.3
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Three 6 59.5

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 4:53.6
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Three 2 Q 4:50.2

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Five 3 19:27.6

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming South Africa RSA Final 7 2:14.7 4:29.4 8
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming South Africa RSA Round One Heat Two 3 2:14.0 4:29.3 3
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Swimming South Africa RSA Final 8 2:13.6 6:36.6 6
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Swimming South Africa RSA Round One Heat One 4 2:12.5 6:30.8 2
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