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William John Brockway (8 October 1928 – 26 July 2009) was a Welsh competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and European championships, and Wales at the British Empire Games, during the late 1940s and 1950s. Brockway was a backstroke specialist who served as the captain of the British swimming team at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics.[1]

John Brockway
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Full nameWilliam John Brockway
National teamGreat Britain
Born(1928-10-08)8 October 1928
Bristol, England
Died26 July 2009(2009-07-26) (aged 80)
Newport, Wales

He was born in Bristol, England, and died in Newport, Wales.[2]

Brockway made his Olympic debut at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, where he advanced to the final of the men's 100-metre backstroke, finishing seventh in a time of 1:09.2.[3] He swam the same event at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, and 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, but was unable to progress to the event final despite swimming faster times on each occasion.

Competing for Wales at the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, New Zealand, he won the silver medal in the men's 110-yard backstroke in 1:08.0. He then went on to win the gold medal in the same event at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, swimming a time of 1:06.5. In the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales, he finished sixth in the 110-yard backstroke, and sixth as a member of the Welsh men's team in the 4×110-yard medley relay.

Following his swimming career, Brockway became an engineer at steelworks in the Newport area of South Wales.[2]

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  1. ^ "John Brockway, Olympic swimmer". Swim Wales. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Former British Olympic captain dies". Inside the Games. 30 July 2009. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  3. ^ "John Brockway". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2009.

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