George Harrison (swimmer)

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George Harrison
Personal information
Full name George Prifold Harrison
National team United States
Born (1939-04-09) April 9, 1939 (age 78)
Berkeley, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 179 lb (81 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes 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, where he received a gold medal as the lead-off swimmer of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×200-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 the 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.

Harrison lived in Moraga, California at the time of his death from complications during surgery.[3]

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