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Patty Caretto

Full name: Patricia Sarina "Patty" Caretto (-Thompson, -Brown)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: January 4, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: Phillips 66, Long Beach (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming


Patty Caretto was purely a distance swimmer. The 1968 Olympics were the first in which women swam the 800 metres but even that was too short for her. Swimming for the Commerce Swim Club, she won the AAU outdoors in the 1,500m/1,650y freestyle in 1964-66, and won the AAU indoor 500 yard freestyle in 1965. Caretto set three world records in the 1,500 metre freestyle, one each in 1964, 1965, and 1966, setting the first one when she was only 13-years-old. Second at the US Olympic Trials in the 1968 800 metres to [Debbie Meyer], Caretto came in fifth in Mexico City. She retired soon after, while still a high school student. She later became a school teacher, teaching physical education to learning disabled children. Caretto was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1987.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming Women's 800 metres Freestyle United States USA 5

Women's 800 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Final 5 9:51.3
1968 Summer 17 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 2 QU 9:46.4
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