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Murry Rose (1939 – 2012) six-time Olympic medalist

Murry Rose and IMurry Rose (1939 – 2012) Australian swimmer, actor and personal friend. He was a six-time Olympic medalist (four gold, one silver, one bronze), and at one time held the world records in the 400, 800, and 1500-meter freestyle (long course). He made his Olympic debut at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne as a 17-year-old and won three Olympic medals, all gold. Four years later, as a 21-year-old, he won three Olympic medals (one gold, one silver, one bronze) at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. During the 1960s he pursued an acting career, starring in two Hollywood films.

Here is the New York Times obituary for my swimming friend Murray Rose from Australia. We met on the pool deck at the Olympic Village at the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney and had dinner later. We have been corresponding couple times a month since and he invited me last year to swim with his Australian Friends across Istanbul’s Straits ( Just a couple of miles )

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