Olympic Competitor nr 4716
Olympic Competitor nr 6792
B. 1930-11-17, Tulare, Cal, USA
Track and Field (2 gold)
In winning the decathlon at London, he was the youngest ever athletics gold
medal winner (17 years and 263 days). At the end of the competition he told
his father, never again, never again. But in 1950 he broke the world record
and again in 1952, in retaining his title at Helsinki. He was never beaten
in the 10 dacathlons he contested from 1948 until 1956. But he had already
forfeited his amateur status in 1953, by appearing in a film about his career,
so he was prevented from going for a third Olympic title.
In 1966, he was elected to the house of representatives, being reelected until 1972, but he was defeated in the 1974 election.
Olympic Competitor nr 5444
Olympic Competitor nr 6463
(the first name is no longer in the database)
Olympic Competitor nr 1479
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Olympic Competitor nr 6303
Olympic Competitor nr 2806
B. 1945-03-05 in Kilgore, TX, USA
Athletics (1 gold, 1 silver)
B. 1950-11-17, Pössneck, Germany
Swimming (4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
|100 m Backstroke||gold||gold||bronze||23040|
|200 m Backstroke||gold||gold||-||12800|
|100 m Butterfly||fourth||fifth||2600|
|4 x 100 m Free-style Relay||-||bronze||-||640|
|4 x 100 m Medley Relay||silver||silver||-||2000|
Between april 1967 and 1974-08-31, he was undefeated in backstroke events.
During that time, he scored doubles in two Olympics and the inaugural World
Championships in 1973, and a third World Championship title at 100 m in 1975.
He lowered the 100 m world record six times and brought the 200 metres record
down seven seconds. Higly versatile, he also held the European 100 m butterfly
and 200 m medley records.
He was married to Kornelia Ender. They have a daughter but divorced in 1982
Olympic Competitor nr 2539
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Olympic Competitor nr 5824
Written 2000-11-29 - last modified 2011-08-13
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