George Harrison (swimmer)

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George Harrison
Personal information
Full name George Prifold Harrison
Nationality  United States
Born (1939-04-09) April 9, 1939 (age 75)
Berkeley, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Santa Clara Swim Club
College team Stanford University

George Prifold Harrison (April 9, 1939 – October 3, 2011) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events.[1] He competed at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, where he received a gold medal as the lead-off swimmer of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Harrison, together with his American relay teammates Dick Blick, Mike Troy and Jeff Farrell, set a new world record of 8:10.2 in the event final.[2]

He received a silver medal in 400-meter freestyle at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago.

Harrison held the world record in 200-meter individual medley (long course) from August 24, 1956 to July 19, 1958. He held the world record in the 400-meter individual medley (long course) from June 24, 1960 to July 22, 1960.

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  1. ^ George Harrison's obituary
  2. ^ "1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy– Swimming" (Retrieved on April 30, 2008)

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