John Griffith DAVIES

Australia AUS

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    London 1948
  • Year of Birth
    1930
Olympic Results

Biography

John Griffith DAVIES

The top breaststroker of the world at the start of 1950s, John Davies rose to prominence in 1946, when he won both breaststroke events at the New South Wales championships. In 1947 and 1948 Davies won both 220 yds breaststroke and medley relay titles at the Australian championships and earned a spot on the 1948 Australian Olympic team. At the Olympics, Davies competed in the 200 metre breaststroke, finishing fourth. Although the timekeepers recorded him at 0.2s faster than the bronze medalist Bob Sohl, the judges believed that Sohl had touched first and awarded him the bronze.

After the London Olympics, Davies enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he studied political science and law. He continued to swim, winning silver in the 200 yds breaststroke at the 1948 NCAA Championships and at the AAU Meet, won gold in the 1951 200 breaststroke, and indoors in the 1952 200 short course breaststroke. These results earned him a spot on the 1952 Australian Olympic team without competing at the Australian Championships. Considered as a favorite for 200 breaststroke gold after setting a new 200 yd world record earlier this year, Davies did not disappoint, winning gold with a strong finish after trailing by two seconds at midway.

Davies retired from swimming after the 1952 Olympics and returned to the United States to continue his studies at the University of Michigan. He later transferred to UCLA, where he completed his degree in 1959. After graduation, Davies settled in Pasadena, California and became a naturalized US citizen, passing the bar examinations to become an attorney.

From 1960-71 Davies was associated with, and then became a partner of Hagenbaugh, Murphy & Davies where he specialized in litigation and tried many cases in the areas of personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, construction, and insurance coverage. Davies joined Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman in 1971, becoming a partner in 1972, practicing litigation, and representing major motion picture studios and entertainment companies.

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Helsinki 1952

G
200 metres Breaststroke
200 metres Breaststroke Swimming
Olympic Results
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London 1948

#4
200 metres Breaststroke
200 metres Breaststroke Swimming