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Melissa Belote

Full name: Melissa Louise Belote (-Hamlin, -Ripley)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: October 16, 1956 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Affiliations: Solotar Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Apart from Shane Gould, the 15-year-old Melissa Belote was the only woman swimmer to win more than one individual title in München. She went to the U.S. Final Trials as a little known outsider, but beat the U.S. record holder, Susie Atwood, in the 100m backstroke and then took the 200m after setting a world record in the heats. At the 1972 Olympics she again set a world record in the 200m and the following year she won the 200m backstroke at the World Championships. In 1976 she made the Olympic team for the second time and placed fifth in the 200m. In her collegiate career at Arizona State, Belote collected four AIAW titles. After graduating with a degree in communications she returned to Virginia, where she had swum for the Solotar Swim Team, and as Mrs. Hamlin took the post of assistant head coach at Solotar.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold OR
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 200 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Swimming Women's 200 metres Backstroke United States USA 5

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming United States Final 1 OR 1:05.78
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 1:06.08
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:06.60

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming United States Final 1 WR 2:19.19
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU/WR 2:20.58
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Swimming United States Final 5 2:17.27
1976 Summer 19 Montréal Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 2 QU 2:17.63

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 4:20.75 1:06.24 1:06.24
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