John Konrads (swimming) was a revelation at the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games winning three gold medals as a 16-year-old. John and his younger sister Ilsa emigrated to Australia from their native Latvia with their family to escape the outbreak of World War II, settling in Sydney where the siblings trained under the legendary swim coach Don Talbot. The siblings became swimming sensations in the late 1950s and early 1960s rewriting the world record books earning them the Konrad Kids nickname. In 1956, John earned a reserve spot on the Australia team for the Melbourne Olympics, he didn’t make the team but at the Games in Cardiff John dominated the pool, winning the 440-yard and 1650-yard freestyle events and powered Australia’s 4×220-yard freestyle relay team to gold. At the Rome 1960 Olympics, John defeated one of his idols in Murray Rose to win gold in the 1500m freestyle final, adding two bronze medals from the 400m freestyle and as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay team in his sole Olympic Games. John Konrads passed away in April 2021, aged 78.
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