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George Breen

Full name: George Thomas Breen
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: July 19, 1935 in Buffalo, New York, United States
Affiliations: Indianapolis AC, Indianapolis (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver, 3 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

George Breen first took up swimming seriously at the relatively late age of 17, but he went on to win 22 AAU championships and set six world records. His greatest performance came at the 1956 Olympics, where he lowered the world 1,500 freestyle record by 13 seconds. Unfortunately this was in the heats and he could not repeat this form in the final, where he finished third. At the 1959 Pan American Games he won gold in the 400 metres freestyle and silver in the 1500 metres freestyle. Breen attended Cortland State and later did graduate work at Indiana. He later became the head swim coach at Penn.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 2 Silver
1960 Summer 25 Roma Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming United States Final 3 4:32.5
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:35.7

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming United States Final 3 18:08.2
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU/WR 17:52.9
1960 Summer 25 Roma Swimming United States Final 3 17:30.6
1960 Summer 25 Roma Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 17:55.9

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming United States USA Final 2 8:31.5 2:07.7 4:15.7