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Walter Laufer

Full name: Walter Laufer
Gender: Male
Born: July 15, 1906 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: July 16, 1984 in Midland, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Lake Shore AC, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Walter Laufer, of the Cincinnati Central YMCA and the Lake Shore AC of Chicago, was one of the more versatile swimmers of his generation. He won 10 AAU indoor titles in three different styles – freestyle, backstroke and IM – and also won the AAU outdoor 220y backstroke title in 1925. At the 1928 Olympics he also finished fifth in the 100m freestyle. Laufer was a prodigious competitor and, during a European tour in 1926, he competed in 21 cities in 23 days and lost only one race. During the course of the tour he set one world record for the 100m backstroke and three for the 200m backstroke.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 5
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming United States Final 5 1:01.0
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:00.6
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:00.8

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 9:36.2

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming United States Final 2 1:10.0
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:12.6
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 1:12.8
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