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Ginny Duenkel

Full name: Virginia Ruth "Ginny" Duenkel
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: March 7, 1947 in Orange, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Summit YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Having set a world 100m backstroke record 18 days earlier, Ginny Duenkel was one of six world-record holders in the 1964 Olympic final. In a desperately close finish, she placed third behind Cathy Ferguson, the holder of the 200m world record, and France’s Kiki Caron, a former holder of the 100m record. Ginny Duenkel then went into the 400m freestyle as the American third-string. She reversed the results of the U.S. trials by taking the gold medal, but missed the world record held by her teammate, Marilyn Ramenofsky, who finished second.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 3 Bronze

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States Final 1 OR 4:43.3
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 4:48.6

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States Final 3 1:08.0
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 1:08.9
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