Murray Rose AM (swimming) is a legend of Australian swimming. In his sole Commonwealth Games appearance at the Perth 1962 Games, Rose won four gold medals including the 440-yard and 1650-yard freestyle events, and as part of Australia’s 4×110-yard and 4×220-yard relay teams. At the Melbourne 1956 Olympics, Rose, then as a 17-year-old, became a national hero winning three gold medals, becoming the then youngest Olympian to be awarded three gold medals in one Olympic Games. Rose defended his 400m title at the Rome 1960 Olympics, his fourth career gold medal, adding a silver in the 1500m and bronze as part of Australia’s 4x200m freestyle relay team. Following his dominant performance at the Perth 1962 Games, Rose wasn’t selected for the Tokyo 1964 Olympics, bringing an end to his elite swimming career. Rose was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2000 for services to swimming, he also received the Australian Sports Medal that year and, in 2001, he was awarded the Centenary Medal. He was one of eight flag-bearers of the Olympic Flag at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Born in Birmingham, England, Rose and his family emigrated to Australia after the outbreak of World War II, settling in Sydney where he began swimming regularly at the Redleaf Pool, an enclosed saltwater swimming pool in the suburb of Double Bay. In 2012, the pool was renamed Murray Rose Pool in his honour. Rose died of leukaemia on 15 April 2012 at the age of 73.
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