Murray Garretty

Athlete Biography

1938 - 1981

Murray Garretty swam in the heat of the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Although he did not swim in the final, the team consisting of John Devitt, Jon Henricks, Murray Rose and Kevin O'Halloran went on to win gold in a time of 8 minutes 23.6 seconds.

Garretty was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the men's 1500m, finishing fourth in 18:26.5. His teammate Rose won in 17:58.9.

In January and February 1956, Garretty broke the Australian records for the 880 yards, 800 meters, 1650 yards twice and the Australian and Olympic records for the 1500 metres.