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.
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