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Ex-Swim Exec Terry Gathercole Dies

May 30, 2001

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) _ Terry Gathercole, who as president of Australian Swimming fought against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 65.

Gathercole swam for Australia in the 1950s and 60s before turning to coaching, guiding Australia’s Ian O’Brien and Bev Whitfield to Olympic gold medals. He also trained 1991 world champion Linley Frame.

Gathercole fought for increased drug testing at the 1998 world swimming championships in Perth, Australia, at which four Chinese swimmers tested positive for a banned diuretic.

Gathercole took over as Australian Swimming president in 1997 before stepping down after last year’s Sydney Olympics.

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