Australia’s oldest Olympian, former athlete and coach Forbes Carlile, dies at the age of 95


Australia’s oldest Olympian, Forbes Carlile, has died at the age of 95.

Carlile represented Australia in modern pentathlon at the 1952 Helsinki Games, coming 25th.

He was best-known as a pioneering swimming coach, having first coached Australia at the 1948 Games in London.

A number of top Australian swimmers emerged under his tutelage, including three-times Olympic champion Shane Gould, Helsinki 100m breaststroke champion John Davies and Tokyo 200m breaststroke gold medallist Ian O’Brien.

Carlile remains the only Australian to have coached at an Olympics before later competing in the Games as an athlete.

He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Australian Sports Hall of Fame 12 years later.

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