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Paulo Radmilovic – an Olympic career told in pictures

PUBLISHED: 11:52 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 31 March 2017

Postcard of 1907 presenting Paul Radmilovic. Born in Cardiff, Walles, Radmilovic  was the third son of Antun Radmilovic, a Croat from Dubrovnik, who relocated to Cardiff in 1860s. His mother was born in Cardiff, the daughter of Irish immigrants. Radmilovic competed for Britain in the Olympic Games a record six times  and captained the Water Polo team four times. Source: Supplement to �The 1908 Olympic Games, the Great Stadium and the Marathon by Bob Wilcock (marathon@societyofolympiccollectors.org) (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

Postcard of 1907 presenting Paul Radmilovic. Born in Cardiff, Walles, Radmilovic was the third son of Antun Radmilovic, a Croat from Dubrovnik, who relocated to Cardiff in 1860s. His mother was born in Cardiff, the daughter of Irish immigrants. Radmilovic competed for Britain in the Olympic Games a record six times and captained the Water Polo team four times. Source: Supplement to �The 1908 Olympic Games, the Great Stadium and the Marathon by Bob Wilcock (marathon@societyofolympiccollectors.org) (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

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A blue plaque will be unveiled to celebrate the life of Paulo Radmilovic, who won four gold medals while living in Weston-super-Mare. The plaque will be installed at the Imperial, in South Parade, which Raddy used to run.

Paulo Radmilovic. Paulo Radmilovic.

Paulo Radmilovic in 1903. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) Paulo Radmilovic in 1903. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

Welsh Water Polo team vs Ireland, 1905. The international water polo match was played at Penarth, near Cardiff, and Wales won 7-1. Back row: Councillor R. G. Solomon (President); A. G. Oliver (Cardiff); M. A. Ferguson (Penarth); N. E. Copock (Cardiff); F. S. Moon (YMCA Cardiff). Front row: P. Radmilovic (Cardiff); R. J. Herbert, Capt. (Newport); E. Jonns (Penarth). (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) Welsh Water Polo team vs Ireland, 1905. The international water polo match was played at Penarth, near Cardiff, and Wales won 7-1. Back row: Councillor R. G. Solomon (President); A. G. Oliver (Cardiff); M. A. Ferguson (Penarth); N. E. Copock (Cardiff); F. S. Moon (YMCA Cardiff). Front row: P. Radmilovic (Cardiff); R. J. Herbert, Capt. (Newport); E. Jonns (Penarth). (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

The Weston water polo team, finalists at the English Championships in 1905, and finally champions in 1906. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) The Weston water polo team, finalists at the English Championships in 1905, and finally champions in 1906. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

The 1908 Weston-super-Mare team. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) The 1908 Weston-super-Mare team. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

Postcard of 1907 presenting Paul Radmilovic. Born in Cardiff, Walles, Radmilovic  was the third son of Antun Radmilovic, a Croat from Dubrovnik, who relocated to Cardiff in 1860s. His mother was born in Cardiff, the daughter of Irish immigrants. Radmilovic competed for Britain in the Olympic Games a record six times  and captained the Water Polo team four times. Source: Supplement to �The 1908 Olympic Games, the Great Stadium and the Marathon by Bob Wilcock (marathon@societyofolympiccollectors.org) (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) Postcard of 1907 presenting Paul Radmilovic. Born in Cardiff, Walles, Radmilovic was the third son of Antun Radmilovic, a Croat from Dubrovnik, who relocated to Cardiff in 1860s. His mother was born in Cardiff, the daughter of Irish immigrants. Radmilovic competed for Britain in the Olympic Games a record six times and captained the Water Polo team four times. Source: Supplement to �The 1908 Olympic Games, the Great Stadium and the Marathon by Bob Wilcock (marathon@societyofolympiccollectors.org) (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

The British team at the 1908 games. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) The British team at the 1908 games. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

The 1912 team in Stockholm. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) The 1912 team in Stockholm. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

British swimmers at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stokholm. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) British swimmers at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stokholm. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

The 1920s British wtaer polo side. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) The 1920s British wtaer polo side. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

The British team in 1920. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) The British team in 1920. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

British swimmers pose in the 1920s Games in Antwerp. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) British swimmers pose in the 1920s Games in Antwerp. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

Paulo Radmilovic's final Olympics, in 1928 in Amsterdam, at the age of 42 (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) Paulo Radmilovic's final Olympics, in 1928 in Amsterdam, at the age of 42 (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

Radmilovic's successes immortalised on stamps. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection) Radmilovic's successes immortalised on stamps. (Picture: Mike Coles' collection)

The grave of Paulo 'Raddy' Radmilovic. The grave of Paulo 'Raddy' Radmilovic.

* Weston Town Council is planning to provide 12 more blue plaques in the town. A shortlist has been drawn up, and next week you can decide which plaque you would like to see go up first. To view the list, pick up a copy of the Weston Mercury on April 6 and log onto www.westonmercury.co.uk to vote.

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