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Mike Burton

Full name: Michael Jay "Mike" Burton
Nickname(s): Mr. Machine
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: July 3, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Affiliations: Arden Hills Swim Club, Sacramento (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 4 Gold (4 Total)

Biography

Although severely injured at the age of 12 when struck by a truck while riding a bicycle, Mike Burton recovered sufficiently to become one of the great distance freestylers ever. At the 1967 Pan American Games he won gold in 1500 m freestyle and bronze in 400 m freestyle and 200 m butterfly. He set seven world and 16 U.S. records, won 10 AAU titles, and while at UCLA he was five times an NCAA champion. Burton was the first man to break 16 minutes for the 1,650 y free and the first to swim 800 m under 8:30. He was also the first to follow the now standard training regimen of mega-mileage. The first man to win two Olympic 1,500 m freestyle titles, between those championships, he needed further surgery on his knee, a residual of his old injury.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1972 Summer 25 München Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 25 München Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Final 1 OR 4:09.0
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:19.3

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Final 1 OR 16:38.9
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 17:27.2
1972 Summer 25 München Swimming United States Final 1 WR 15:52.58
1972 Summer 25 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 16:09.56

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1972 Summer 25 München Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 7:46.42 1:57.73 5:49.18
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