Gordon Downie

Date Of Birth: 03 March 1955
Place Of Birth: Wisconsin, United States

Discipline: Swimming (freestyle)

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 2014

Between 1972 and 1978, GORDON DOWNIE represented both Scotland and Great Britain in a large number of international competitions, including the Commonwealth Games of 1974 in Auckland and 1978 in Edmonton.  He also took part in World Championships in 1973 in Belgrade and in 1975 in Cali Columbia, where he won a Silver Medal in the 4x200 Freestyle relay and a bronze medal in the 4x100m Medley Relay. In the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, he won a Bronze medal in the Mens 4x200 Freestyle relay. In Montreal, he also reached the final of the Mens 200m Freestyle, finishing 6th in a new British Record of 1:52.47, a time which stood for a period of 6 years till 1982. He held the Scottish Records for 200m and 400 Freestyle for 10 years between 1972-1982. He went on to qualify as a Doctor before specialising and is currently a foremost researcher and clinician in the field of lung cancer.

Though born in the US, Downie's father was Scottish. While attending the University of Michigan on an athletics scholarship, he swam for the Michigan Wolverines swimming and diving team in collegiate competition.


Olympic Games, Montreal
19764x200 FreestyleBronze
World Championships, Cali Columbia
19754x200 FreestyleSilver
19754x100 MedleyBronze