Allan Wood

1943 –

Allan Wood is probably Australia's least-known multiple Olympic medallist. He swam at a time when Australia had three world beaters in men's distance swimming, in Murray Rose and Robert Windle and John Konrads at the tail end of his career. At his only international swimming meeting before Tokyo 1964, he finished second in the 440 yards freestyle, third in the 1650 yards freestyle and was a member of the winning team in the 4x220 yards freestyle relay at the Empire and Commonwealth Games at Perth 1962. In the absence of Murray Rose at Tokyo, he finished third in the 400m freestyle, behind the great Don Schollander, of the United States, and the same placing in the 1500m freestyle behind Australia's Robert Windle as the winner. Windle had won his heat of the 400m freestyle but misjudged the time required to progress to the final and thus was eliminated from that event. In the 4x200m freestyle relay Wood teamed with Windle, David Dickson and Peter Doak to finish fourth. After Tokyo Wood did not swim in international competition again.

Olympic Results

1964 Tokyo

1500m Freestyle - Men
Heat 17.26.3 1st
Final 17:07.7 3rd
Final Placing 3 / 31
400m Freestyle - Men
Heat 4:16.2 2nd
Final 4:15.1 3rd
Final Placing 3 / 49
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Heat Doak; Konrads; Ryan; Dickson 8:18.3 4th
Final Dickson; Wood; Doak; Windle 8:05.7 4th
Final Placing 4 / 15

1960 Rome

4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Heat DICKSON, D; RIGBY, J; WOOD, A; DEVITT, J 8:24.2 2nd
Final DICKSON, D; DEVITT, J; ROSE, M; KONRADS, J 8:13.8 3rd
Final Placing 3 / 15