John Murphy (swimmer)

John Joseph Murphy (born July 19, 1953) is an American former backstroke and freestyle swimmer who won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. team in the men's 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. At the 1972 Olympics, the 19-year-old also earned a bronze medal in the men's 100-meter backstroke. He attended Indiana University, where he swam for coach James Counsilman's Indiana Hoosiers swim team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition.

John Murphy
Personal information
Full nameJohn Joseph Murphy
National teamUnited States
Born (1953-07-19) July 19, 1953
Chicago, Illinois
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight194 lb (88 kg)
StrokesBackstroke, freestyle
ClubHinsdale Swim Club
College teamIndiana University

Murphy currently resides in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and serves as a youth swim team coach.

See also


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "John Murphy". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-04-18.
  • Indiana Hoosiers
  • Hoosier Olympians

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