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Scott Leary

Full name: John Scott Leary
Gender: Male
Born: December 29, 1881 in Shasta, California, United States
Died: July 1, 1958 in San Francisco, California, United States
Affiliations: Olympic Club, San Francisco (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

The 1904 Olympics were a year early for Scott Leary. In 1905, Leary became a pupil of Australian coach Syd Cavill, who taught him the Australian crawl. He was the first American to abandon the Trudgeon stroke for the revolutionary crawl and Leary dominated American sprinting with it in 1905 and 1906, before Charlie Daniels picked it up and regained his spot as America’s top swimmer. But on 18 July 1905, in Portland, Oregon, J. Scott Leary of San Francisco’s Olympic Club, made swimming history when he became the first person to swim 100 yards in 60 seconds, flat-even time for the classic sprint.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Men's 50 yard Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming Men's 100 yard Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 50 yard Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming United States Final 1T 28.2
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/OR 28.2
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming United States Final Swim-Off 2 28.6

Men's 100 yard Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming United States Final 3
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU
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