Scarce official winner’s diploma issued to Australia’s Murray Rose in the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay at the Melbourne 1956 Summer Olympics, 23 x 17.5, with Olympic rings, Melbourne coat of arms, and bold text: “Diploma, Olympic Games Melbourne 1956, First, Swimming—4 x 200 M. Relay, M. Rose—Australia.” Signed at the conclusion by representatives of the IOC and MOC. In very good to fine condition, with light overall creasing, and stains along the bottom edge.
Murray Rose is an Olympic swimming legend. He made his Olympic debut at the 1956 Summer Olympics as a 17-year-old and won three Olympic medals, all gold, in the 400 m freestyle, the 1500 m freestyle, and the 4 x 200 m freestyle. Four years later, as a 21-year-old, he won three Olympic medals (one gold, one silver, one bronze) at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Murray later became a movie actor, appearing in several Hollywood movies.
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