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Ian O'Brien

Full name: Lovett Ian O'Brien
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: March 3, 1947 in Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: ?, New South Wales, (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Ian O’Brien was the world’s top breaststroker in the mid-1960s. In 1962 and 1966 he won both breaststroke events at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, adding a fifth gold medal in the medley relay in 1962. O’Brien won gold in the 200 breaststroke at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic, defeating his great rival, American [Chet Jastremski], and also earning a bronze medal in the medley relay with the Australian team. His Tokyo gold was won in world record time, his only world record. During his career, O’Brien won nine individual and six relay titles at the Australian Championships, despite retiring at age 21, after his appearance at the 1968 Olympics, where he failed to medal.

O’Brien later worked in television in Australia, and in 1979 started Videopak, a television documentary company. He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1986, and in 2000, was awarded the Australian Sports Medal. O’Brien was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2017.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Australia AUS 1 Gold
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Australia AUS 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 100 metres Breaststroke Australia AUS 6
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Australia AUS 2 h1 r1/2
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Australia AUS 4

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Australia Final 6 1:08.6
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 2 Q 1:09.0
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Australia Round One Heat Six 1 Q 1:08.9

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 100-200m
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Australia Final 1 WR 2:27.8 1:10.5 3 1:17.3 (1)
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q/OR 2:28.7 1:13.3 4 1:15.4 (1)
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Australia Round One Heat One 1 Q/OR 2:31.4 1:13.7 2 1:17.7 (1)
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Australia Round One Heat One 2 2:36.8 1:14.7 1 1:22.1 (3)

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Australia AUS Final 3 1:07.8 2:10.8 4
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Australia AUS Final 4 1:08.5 2:10.0 =3
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Australia AUS Round One Heat Three 1 1:09.4 2:12.3 1
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