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Les Boardman

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameLeslie "Les"•Boardman
Used nameLes•Boardman
Born2 August 1889 in Sydney, New South Wales (AUS)
Died23 November 1975 in Watsons Bay, New South Wales (AUS)
AffiliationsSydney Swimming Club
NOC(s) Australasia
Ethnic nationAUS

Biography

Les Boardman was not among the original selections for the Australasian 1912 Olympic team, but when Edgar Findlay dropped out due to a lack of funds, Boardman assumed his position by winning a special 220 yds test race. Boardman was a teammate of Harold Hardwick and Cecil Healy at the Sydney Swimming Club and also served as captain of the club in 1912 on their trip to New Zealand to race against the Waitemata Club. At Stockholm, Boardman was eliminated in the second round of the 100 m freestyle and after Bill Longworth was unable to compete in the 4x200 freestyle relay due to an ear injury, Boardman replaced him, swimming the third leg and winning a gold medal with world records of 10:14.0, set in round one, and 10:11.2 in the final.

Boardman began competitive swimming early in life at the Cleveland-street Superior Public School, and as a junior, he was with North Sydney Club and Drummoyne Club. After joining Sydney Swimming Club, he won the club 100 yds championships in 1908 against Hardwick and also won the club’s diving championships many times. Boardman played water polo with Sydney Swimming Club. He never placed at the Australian championships, but was the New South Wales 500 yds freestyle team champion in 1914 and 1915 and Tasmanian 100 yds and 440 yds freestyle champion in 1911.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 4 h3 r2/4 Representing Australasia    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
  4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic Australasia 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1912 Summer Olympics 12 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Round One, Heat Two 10:14.0 WR 1
1912 Summer Olympics 15 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 10:11.2 WR 1

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