Kevin Berry

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameKevin John•Berry
Used nameKevin•Berry
Born10 April 1945 in Sydney, New South Wales (AUS)
Died7 December 2006 in Sydney, New South Wales (AUS)
Measurements172 cm / 71 kg
Affiliations?, South Australia, (AUS)
NOC Australia

Biography

Discovered as a talented butterfly swimmer early on, Kevin Berry débuted at the Olympics when he was only 15. He made the final of the 200 m butterfly and swam in the heats of 4 x 100 m medley relay, in which Australia earned a silver medal. Berry first bettered the world record in this distance two years later, one of 12 set during his career (including Imperial distances). At the 1962 Commonwealth Games, Berry earned three golds, winning both individual butterfly events and the medley relay. At the 1964 Olympics, he overwhelmingly won the 200 m butterfly gold, lowering his own world record to 2:06.6. He also won a bronze with the Australian relay squad. A six-time Australian champion, Berry lost his form after the Tokyo Games, and became a sports journalist. Starting out as a photographer, he eventually became head of sports at Australian channel ABC. A noted Olympic historian, he was an early member of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) and published “2000 Things You Didn’t Know About The Olympic Games”.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Kevin Berry
200 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 6
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 2
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Kevin Berry
200 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Australia 3 Bronze

Special Notes