John Marshall

1930 – 1957

The 18-year-old John Marshall burst on to the Olympic swimming scene with a silver medal in the 1500m and a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle events at London 1948. Within a year he was attending Yale University in the United States and breaking world records whilst swimming on the university circuit and at the United States Championships. By mid-1951 his form had dropped away markedly and he was only a shadow of his former self when he swam, rather unsuccessfully at Helsinki 1952. At Melbourne 1956 Marshall, now a butterfly swimmer, finished a creditable fifth in the inaugural staging of the 200m butterfly. Within a few weeks of the closing of the Olympics he died as result of a road traffic accident in country Victoria.

Olympic Results

1956 Melbourne

200m Butterfly - Men
Heat 2:26.8 2nd
Final 2:27.2 5th
Final Placing 5 / 19

1952 Helsinki

1500m Freestyle - Men
Heat 19:09.2 2nd
Final 19:53.4 8th
Final Placing 8 / 37
400m Freestyle - Men
Heat 4:46.8 2nd
Semi Final 4:50.3 4th
Final Placing 15 / 51
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
Final Placing 10 / 17

1948 London

1500m Freestyle - Men
Heat 20:01.1 1st
Semi Final 19:53.8 1st
Final 19:31.3 2nd
Final Placing 2 / 39
400m Freestyle - Men
Heat 4:51.4 2nd
Semi Final 4:50.0 2nd
Final 4:47.7 3rd
Final Placing 3 / 41