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Lance Larson

Full name: Lance Melvin Larson
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: July 3, 1940 in Monterey Park, California, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

In the most controversial Olympic swim race ever, Lance Larson received a silver medal for his gold medal efforts. Swimming in the 100m free against Australia’s John Devitt, Larson and Devitt touched almost simultaneously. The six finish judges were split in their opinion, but all three watches had Larson timed faster (55.1, 55.1, 55.0 vs. 55.2 for Devitt on all three). The back-up electric timer also had Larson timed faster, but the president of the International Swimming Federation gave the nod to Devitt, even though the rules did not give him a vote in the matter. Protests were made ad nauseam, but to no avail. Larson did manage to strike gold in the relay, however. Lance Larson, who attended Southern Cal, was a superb all-round swimmer and was the first man to break one minute for the 100m butterfly. He won AAU titles in the freestyle, fly and IM events, and set five world and 12 U.S. records. Larson became a successful dentist in California and a prolific record breaker in master’s swimming competition.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 20 Roma Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver OR
1960 Summer 20 Roma Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 20 Roma Swimming United States Final 2 OR 55.1
1960 Summer 20 Roma Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 55.5
1960 Summer 20 Roma Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 55.7

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1960 Summer 20 Roma Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 4:05.4 58.0 3:10.5
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