Four-time Olympic medallist Murray Rose dies

Four-time Olympic gold medallist swimmer Murray Rose dies, aged 73, after a short battle with leukaemia.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Murray Rose has died from cancer at the age of 73.

The Scottish-born swimmer, who died after a short battle with leukaemia, won 400m and 1500m freestyle gold at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics aged just 17, before defending his 400m title in Rome four years later.

David Urquhart, president of Swimming Australia, said his death was a great loss.

"The name Murray Rose is synonymous with success in the sport of swimming, and his achievements in Melbourne in 1956 will go down as the stuff of legend," said Urquhart.

"Murray Rose is part of the swimming DNA in this country.

"His success inspired a generation and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends during this difficult time."

Rose ended his career with four Olympic golds, a silver and a bronze.

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