DEVITT John (1937) Australia / Swimming
The result of the final of the 100 m freestyle, in which the Australian took part at the Rome games in 1960, was probably the most uncertain in the history of the games. Firstly, because the reigning Olympic champion Jon Hendricks was eliminated before the final, and secondly, because after a sprint finish between Devitt and Sweden's Larsson the judges were only able to decide that the Australian won after long and passionate discussions.The two men touched the wall of the pool at the same time. Even if, finally, it was Devitt who became Olympic champion, Larsson had the consolation of being joint Olympic record holder. It was a just reward for Devitt, who, four years earlier, had suffered a similarly close defeat at the hands of Hendricks.