Australia’s swimming great and four-time Olympic gold medallist died in Sydney on Sunday morning aged 73.

The dual Olympian will be remembered for his historic display at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, where he achieved 3 gold medals in the pool. He then went on to win the gold, silver and bronze at the Rome Olympics four years later.

Rose had been ill for several months with leukaemia and his passing was met with by a flood of tributes from the wider Australian sporting community.

 

In a joint statement released on Sunday night, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Sports Minister Kate Lundy said Australia had lost one of its greatest Olympians.

“Murray will be remembered fondly as a sporting legend who inspired the next generations of elite athletes and helped to propel Australia’s sporting success in future Olympics”.

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