Victor Davis

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Victor Davis
Medal record
Men's swimming
Competitor for  Canada
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles 200 m breaststroke
Silver 1984 Los Angeles 100 m breaststroke
Silver 1984 Los Angeles 4×100 m medley
Silver 1988 Seoul 4×100 m medley
World Championships (LC)
Gold 1982 Guayaquil 200 m breaststroke
Gold 1986 Madrid 100 m breaststroke
Silver 1982 Guayaquil 100 m breaststroke
Silver 1986 Madrid 200 m breaststroke
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1982 Brisbane 200 m breaststroke
Gold 1986 Edinburgh 100 m breaststroke
Gold 1986 Edinburgh 4×100 m medley
Silver 1982 Brisbane 100 m breaststroke
Silver 1986 Edinburgh 200 m breaststroke
Pan Pacific Championships
Gold 1987 Brisbane 100 m breaststroke
Bronze 1987 Brisbane 200 m breaststroke

Victor Davis, CM (February 10, 1964 – November 13, 1989) was a Canadian Olympic and world champion swimmer, a well known breaststroker from Canada. He also enjoyed success in the individual medley and the butterfly.

Biography[edit]

Victor Davis was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. As a boy, Davis learned how to swim in the lakes around his home. He then joined the Guelph Marlin Aquatic Club at the age of 12.

During his career, Davis held several world records as the winner of 31 national titles and 16 medals in international competition. At the 1982 world championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador, he set his first world record while winning the gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke.

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, USA, he won a silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke event, then captured the gold medal in the 200-metre breaststroke, in the process establishing another world record. In recognition of his accomplishments, Davis was named Swimming Canada's Athlete of the Year three times and the Canadian government made him a Member of the Order of Canada.[1]

A star of Canada's national swim team for nine years, he retired from competitive swimming in July 1989. He was voted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985 and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Only a few months after his retirement, on November 11, 1989 while outside a nightclub in the Montreal suburb of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Davis was struck by a car whose driver fled the scene. It was later determined that, due to an earlier verbal altercation with the driver, Davis had walked to the middle of the road and was brandishing a juice bottle toward the car at the time at which he was struck.[2] Two days later, the 25 year-old died of his injuries in hospital. In February 1992, Glen Crossley was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident and sentenced to ten months in prison, ultimately serving four months.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Davis's parents fulfilled his express wish that his organs be donated to help save the lives of others. The swimmer's heart, liver, kidneys and two cornea were transplanted.

Each year since his death, awards are made by the Victor Davis Memorial Fund to help young Canadian swimmers continue their education while training in pursuit of excellence at the international level of competition. To date, more than 86 athletes have benefited from this award, and many of them have gone on to have successful swimming careers. Thirteen recipients of this award participated in the Beijing Olympics.[4]

Film[edit]

Davis's life, death and legacy was remembered in Victor, a two-hour biographical drama film that was written by the Canadian former swimmer Mark Lutz, who also appeared in the title role.

Career highlights[edit]

1982 World Aquatics ChampionshipsGuayaquil, Ecuador

  • Gold medal – 200 m breaststroke (world record 2:14.77, breaking the old record of 2:15.11 set by David Wilkie in 1976)
  • Silver medal – 100 m breaststroke

1982 Commonwealth GamesBrisbane, Australia

  • Gold medal – 200 m Breaststroke
  • Silver medal – 100 m Breaststroke

1984 Canadian Olympic TrialsEtobicoke, Ontario, Canada

  • Won the 200 m breaststroke (broke his own world record with a time of 2:14.58, bettering his 1982 time)

1984 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles, United States

  • Gold medal – 200 m breaststroke (established world record at 2:13.34, lowering his own 1984 record time)
  • Silver medal – 100 m breaststroke
  • Silver medal – 4×100 m medley relay

1986 Commonwealth GamesEdinburgh, Scotland

  • Gold medal – 4×100 m medley relay
  • Gold medal – 100 m breaststroke
  • Silver medal – 200 m breaststroke

1986 World Aquatics ChampionshipsMadrid, Spain

  • Gold medal – 100 m breaststroke
  • Silver medal – 200 m breaststroke

1988 Summer OlympicsSeoul, South Korea

  • Silver medal – 4×100 m medley relay (1.00.90 split)
  • Fourth place – 100 m breaststroke (1.02.38)

Canadian National Championships (including separate trials meets)

  • 17-time national champion, 100 m breaststroke
  • 14-time national champion, 200 m breaststroke
  • 2-time national champion, 200 m butterfly
  • 2-time national champion, 200 m individual medley
  • 1 national championship, 400 m individual medley

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Order of Canada - Victor Davis". Governor General of Canada. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Friend of Victor Davis changed her story, inquest is told". Toronto Star. September 12, 1990, pg. A5. 
  3. ^ The Suburban.com – News – Victor Davis memory lives on through brother’s efforts
  4. ^ https://www.swimming.ca/VictorDavisMemorialFundAwards.aspx Swimming Canada page for the Victor Davis Memorial Fund. A list of recipients can be accessed from this page.

External links[edit]


Records
Preceded by
United Kingdom David Wilkie
Men's 200 metre breaststroke
world record holder (long course)

August 5, 1982 – August 2, 1984
Succeeded by
United States Mike Barrowman