George Harrison (swimmer)

George Prifold Harrison (April 9, 1939 – October 3, 2011) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events.[2] He competed at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, where he received a gold medal as the lead-off swimmer of the winning U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Harrison, together with his American relay teammates Dick Blick, Mike Troy and Jeff Farrell, set a new world record of 8:10.2 in the event final.[3]

George Harrison
Harrison in 1960
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Prifold Harrison
National teamUnited States
Born(1939-04-09)April 9, 1939
Berkeley, California, U.S.[1]
Died3 October 2011(2011-10-03) (aged 72)
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight179 lb (81 kg)
ClubSanta Clara Swim Club
College teamStanford University

Individually Harrison won a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1959 Pan American Games. He also held the world record in 200-meter individual medley (long course) from August 24, 1956 to July 19, 1958, and the world record in the 400-meter individual medley (long course) from June 24, 1960 to July 22, 1960.

Harrison studied at Acalanes High School, and in 1965 graduated from Stanford University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was later inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame. He spent most of his career with Lee & Associates at Pleasanton, California, working in investment and industrial brokerage.[1] At the time of his death, from complications during surgery, he lived in Moraga, California. He was survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan, daughters Karen and Kristen, son Michael, and daughter-in-law Karen. He also had a brother Robert.[4]

See also


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "George Harrison". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-12-11.
  2. George Harrison's obituary.
  3. "1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy– Swimming" Archived 2007-09-04 at the Wayback (Retrieved on April 30, 2008)
  4. George Harrison Obituary. Walnut Creek, CA, East Bay Times.

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