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Paul Radmilovic

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games, Non-starter
SexMale
Full namePaolo Francesco "Paul"•Radmilovic
Used namePaul•Radmilovic
Nick/petnamesRaddy
Born5 March 1886 in Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales (GBR)
Died29 September 1968 in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, England (GBR)
Measurements180 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsWelsh Amateur Swimming Association/Weston-super-Mare Water Polo Club
NOC(s) Great Britain

Biography

Welsh-born of a Croatian father and an Irish mother, Paul Radmilovic competed for Britain in the Olympic Games a record six times and captained the water polo team four times. Possibly his finest moment in an outstanding Olympic water polo career came when he scored the winning goal against Belgium three minutes from time in the 1920 final. He made his Olympic debut in 1906 when he reached the final of both the 100 metre and 400 metre freestyle and his final appearance was as a 42-year-old in 1928 as a member of the water polo team. “Raddy” spent most of his life in Weston-Super-Mare where he represented the local club both at swimming and water polo. Although he won nine ASA freestyle titles and his international swimming career lasted an incredible 30 years, it was as a water polo player that he received recognition and in 1967 he became only the second Briton to be inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida. He was also a scratch golfer and a talented soccer player and he was for many years, the licensee of the Imperial Hotel in Weston-Super-Mare. After his death, his son took over the license and continued to display his father’s impressive collection of trophies.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1906 Intercalated Games Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Intercalated 4 Representing Great Britain    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Intercalated 5
  One Mile Freestyle, Men Intercalated AC
1908 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic AC h1 r2/3 Representing Great Britain    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 3 h2 r2/3
  1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 1 h1 r1/3
  4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic Great Britain 1 Gold
Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Great Britain 1 Gold
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 5 h3 r2/4 Representing Great Britain    
Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Great Britain 1 Gold
1920 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Great Britain 1 Gold Representing Great Britain    
1924 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Great Britain =10 Representing Great Britain    
1928 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS Representing Great Britain    
  1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Great Britain 4

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1908 Summer Olympics 21 July 1908 Swimming (Aquatics) 1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat One 25:02.4 1
1908 Summer Olympics 24 July 1908 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 10:53.4 WR 1

Special Notes