Gustav Fröhlich (swimmer)

Gustav Fröhlich (also Frölich; 1902 in German Samoa – 17 April 1968 in Sydney, Australia) was a German–Australian swimmer and swimming coach.

Gustav Fröhlich
Personal information
Died17 April 1968 (aged ca. 66)
Victoria, Australia

During the 1920s he swam for the SC Hellas swimming club in Magdeburg. On 2 October 1921 he set a world record of 1.14 minutes for the 100 metres backstroke.[1] Between 1921 and 1926 he was five times 100 metres backstroke champion in the German Championships. He won two European medals, gold in Budapest in 1926 and bronze in the following year, 1927, both in backstroke,[2] as well as five national titles between 1921 and 1926.[3]

He migrated to Australia during the 1930s where he became a noted swimming coach. He coached Lorraine Crapp to two gold records at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.

Gustav-Frölich-Allee in Magdeburg is named after him.


  1. "Rückblick - Das war los im Sport". Sport-Bild. 1 October 1996.
  2. European Swimming Championships (Men).
  3. Schwimmen – Deutsche Meisterschaften (Herren-Teil 2).

SPOUSE = Lorna Froelich SIBLINGS = John Froelich & Anna Froelich

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