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Ludy Langer

Full name: Ludwig Ernest Frank "Ludy" Langer
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: January 22, 1893 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 5, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: Hui Nalu Club, Honolulu (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Ludy Langer was one of six Hawaii-based swimmers on the men's Olympic team in 1920. Between them, they won a total of seven medals. He had earned his place on the team for Antwerp when he won the Western Olympic Trials at Alameda, California. Langer scored a triple victory at the AAU championships of 1915 and 1916, winning the 440y, 880y and one mile freestyle in both years. In 1921 he won his seventh AAU title when he beat Johnny Weissmuller in the 440y freestyle, thus contradicting the legend that Weissmuller was unbeaten throughout his career.

Ludy Langer qualified for the cancelled 1916 Olympics too, and it should have been his place to shine. At that time he was still in school at the University of California at Berkley and was world record holder in the 440y, 880y and the mile. His records was standing until broken by the mentioned Weissmuller.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle United States USA 4 h2 r2/3

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Swimming United States Final 2 5:29.0
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 5:29.2
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 5:41.4

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 4
1920 Summer 27 Antwerpen Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 24:28.8