Gary Hurring

(1961 - )

Gary Hurring
The Commonwealth Games 200 metres backstroke champion in 1978, Hurring was denied a chance to extend his success to the Olympic arena by swimming’s withdrawal for political reasons from the Games in Moscow in 1980.

He had to read from afar the lineup in the Moscow 200m backstroke final, each of whom he had beaten.

Though Hurring competed in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, finishing fourth in the 100 metres backstroke, and again when injured in the 1986 Commonwealth Games, his best swimming years were behind him.

He could justifiably claim that politics had robbed him of a chance at an Olympic medal. His mother and father were both champion swimmers – Jean (Stewart) and Lincoln Hurring.
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