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Tim McKee

Full name: Alexander Timothy "Tim" McKee
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: March 14, 1953 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Suburban Seahawks Club, Newtown Square (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Tim McKee missed a gold medal by the smallest margin in Olympic history. In the 400 IM, he and Sweden's Gunnar Larsson apparently tied for first when the electronic timing clocked them both at 4:31.98 secs. But the timing was sensitive enough to measure to thousandths of a second and Larsson's 4:31.981 defeated McKee's 4:31.983 – a margin of 2/1,000ths of a second. This episode caused a change in international rules, as McKee's defeat was by less than the amount a fingernail grows over several weeks. In fact, it was determined that McKee could actually have lost had the paint on the wall in his lane been applied slightly too thin. In addition to his three Olympic silver medals, Tim McKee, who attended the University of Florida, won a silver medal in the 200 m backstroke at the 1971 Pan American Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming Men's 200 metres Backstroke United States USA 5
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming Men's 200 metres Individual Medley United States USA 2 Silver
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming Men's 400 metres Individual Medley United States USA 2 Silver OR
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Swimming Men's 400 metres Individual Medley United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming United States Final 5 2:07.29
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 2 QU 2:08.19

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming United States Final 2 2:08.37
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 2:10.44

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming United States Final 2 OR 4:31.98
1972 Summer 19 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 4:40.78
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Swimming United States Final 2 4:24.62
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 4:29.14
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