Australian-Latvian Olympic swimmer John Konrads passes away

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Latvia-born Australian Olympic swimmer John (Jānis) Konrads has on Sunday passed away aged 78, according to Reuters.

Born in Rīga, Konrads and his family moved to Australia after World War II. As a teenager, Konrads set a series of world records, and won three medals including the Olympic gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

"As a swimming sensation in the 1950's and 60's, John Konrads dominated the world swimming scene, breaking every freestyle world record between 200m – 1,500m by the time he was 15," Sport Australia Hall of Fame chairman John Bertrand said in a statement. 

"Our condolences are with his sister Ilsa, the Konrads family and the many lives John touched within the swimming and broader communities."


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