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Ian Black
Aquatics

In a magnificent year, Ian won three Commonwealth Games medals at Cardiff 1958; gold in the 220 yards Butterfly and silver in both 440 yards Freestyle and 4 x 220 yards Freestyle Relay, followed by three gold medals at the European Championships in Budapest for the 400m Freestyle, 1500m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly events.

He was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 1958 ahead of Bobby Charlton and Stirling Moss, at the age of just 17 the youngest winner of this award to date. He went on to break the World Record in the 400m Individual medley in 1959 and was selected for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome where he finished 4th in the 400m Freestyle, given the same time as the bronze medallist.

 

  • Date of Birth 27/06/1941
  • Birth Place Inverness
  • Commonwealth Games Representation 1958

Did You Know?

  • Ian proudly displayed his Scottish identity by wearing a trademark tartan robe on the poolside

Career Highlights

4 th
1960 Olympic Games
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay - Men
4 th
1960 Olympic Games
400m Freestyle - Men
7 th
1960 Olympic Games
4 x 100m Medley Relay - Men
2 nd
Cardiff 1958
880 Yard Freestyle Relay - Men
5 th
Cardiff 1958
440 Yard Medley Relay - Men
1 st
Cardiff 1958
220 Yard Butterfly - Men
2 nd
Cardiff 1958
440 Yard Freestyle - Men
1 st
1958 European Championships
400m Freestyle - Men
1 st
1958 European Championships
1500m Freestyle - Men
1 st
1958 European Championships
200m Butterfly - Men