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Bob Dudley, BP’s group chief executive and a non-executive director of Rosneft, received the Gold Medallion Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

He was a standout swimmer at Hinsdale Central High School near Chicago and a member of four state high school championship teams.

A shoulder injury kept him from swimming at college.

He studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois.

Dudley spent two decades at Amoco and joined BP in the merger of the two companies in 1998.

He spent five years running the combined group’s Russian joint venture TNK-BP until the Russian government refused to renew his work visa.

His contributions to the clean-up of the waters in the Gulf of Mexico coast during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was one of the reasons why he was singled out this year by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Swimming World said.

Here’s Dudley’s acceptance speech, courtesy of the ISHOF via YouTube: