Kevin O'Halloran, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Kevin O'Halloran

Australian swimmer, Olympic gold medallist

Date of Birth: 03-Mar-1937

Place of Birth: Katanning, Western Australia, Australia

Date of Death: 05-Jul-1976

Profession: swimmer

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Kevin O'Halloran

  • Kevin O'Halloran (3 March 1937 – 5 July 1976) was an Australian freestyle swimmer of the 1950s who won a gold medal in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. The first Western Australian to win Olympic gold, O'Halloran learnt to swim in his hometown of Katanning.
  • He moved to Perth to attend secondary schooling at Guildford Grammar School, where he became more committed to swimming.
  • Competitive swimming was not well developed in Western Australia; races were held in muddy river pools.
  • So in late 1955, O'Halloran moved to the east coast to support his attempt to qualify for the Olympics.
  • His new coach, Frank Guthrie, overhauled his training regimen, and within a year O'Halloran had reduced his times by approximately ten percent.
  • He gained Olympic selection in the relay and the 400-metre freestyle.
  • O'Halloran led off the Australian quartet on the way to a new world record, before placing sixth in the 400-metre.
  • Thereafter, O'Halloran's career was beset by ear problems, and he retired in 1958 after failing to qualify for the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
  • In 1976, O'Halloran died after tripping and accidentally shooting himself.

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