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1968 US Olympic Medalist and Stanford Swimmer John Ferris Dies, 71


1968 US Olympian John Ferris has misplaced his battle with lung most cancers, dying final weekend on the age of 71. As an age group swimmer, Ferris represented the Arden Hills Swim Membership in Sacramento California, and went on to swim collegiately for Stanford College, together with the US nationwide workforce.

Ferris broke the world report within the 200 butterfly on the 1967 on the World College Video games in Tokyo, Japan. There, he topped the rostrum with a 2:06.00 beating out Carl Robbie’s silver medal 2:06.90 and Shinji Yamanouchi’s bronze medal 2:11.5. He additionally received bronze within the 400 IM with a 4:57.70, behind US swimmer Peter Williams with a 4:46.70 and Japan’s Toru Udo with a 5:00.60. These medals helped Ferris contribute to the American’s on the 1967 Video games, whereby each males’s gold medal was received by an American.

The subsequent 12 months, Ferris made his sole Olympic look on the 1968 Mexico Metropolis Video games. At that occasion, Ferris took half within the first-ever 200 IM at an Olympic Video games. Ending first in his preliminary warmth, Ferris swam a 2:14.60 to qualify for the ultimate. There, he completed third, securing a bronze medal.

Becoming a member of him on the rostrum in 1968 had been fellow People, Charlie Hickcox, with a 2:12.00 Olympic report, and Greg Buckingham with a 2:13.00. Ferris got here in third with a 2:13.30.

He additionally picked up bronze within the 200 butterfly with a 2:09.30, behind American Carl Robbie (2:08.70) and Nice Britain’s Martyn Woodroffe (2:09.00).

A 12 months after the Olympics, Ferris received the 200 butterfly medal on the 1969 NCAA Championships, serving to the Stanford Cardinal to a third-place end behind Indiana and USC.

Ferris was an early contributor to the Stanford males’s longstanding custom of success within the IM, following Dick Roth’s 400 IM gold at Tokyo 1964, and previous Pablo Morales’ 200 IM silver at LA 1984 and Tom Wilkens’ 200 IM bronze in Sydney 2000.