Ian Black won three gold medals at the 1958 European Championships in Budapest for the 400 metres, 1500 metres freestyle and the 200 metres butterfly events. No swimmer has managed to repeat this feat. He won three more Commonwealth Games medals in 1958: gold for the 220 yards butterfly, silver for the 440 yards freestyle and silver for the 4x220 yards freestyle relay. He narrowly failed to win a medal at the Olympic games of 1960. In 1958, Black became only the third Scot to win the title of ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year’.