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.
The AOC mourns the passing of @SwimmingAUS Olympic champion John Konrads.— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) April 26, 2021
John was a dual Olympian (Rome 1960 & Tokyo 1964), winning 1500m freestyle ? in 1960, as wells as ? in the 400m freestyle & 4x200m freestyle relay.
He also held 26 World Records. A true champion ?? pic.twitter.com/nNtb6ntzhg
"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."