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John Naber

Full name: John Phillips Naber
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5.5 (198 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: January 20, 1956 in Evanston, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Ladera Oaks Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver (5 Total)

Biography

With four gold medals, all in world-record time, and one silver, John Naber was the outstanding swimmer of the Montréal Olympics. His record at every other major championship was equally impressive. At the NCAAs, Naber won 10 individual and five relay titles and at the AAUs, he won 18 individual and seven relay titles. He won three golds at the 1977 Pan-American Games and ran up a fine record as a "barrier breaker" in the backstroke. Naber was the first man to beat 50 seconds for 100y, the first under 56 seconds for 100m, the first to better 1:50 for 200y, and the first man to break the two-minute barrier for the 200m. Such was the quality of his records that his world records, set in winning both backstroke events at Montréal, lasted until August 1983. Prior to attending Southern Cal, John Naber’s early education was in Italy and England, where his father worked as a management consultant.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming Men's 200 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold WR
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming Men's 200 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold WR
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming United States Final 2 1:50.50
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 1:52.78

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 7:23.22 1:51.20 5:33.11

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming United States Final 1 WR 55.49
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/WR 56.19
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 56.80

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming United States Final 1 WR 1:59.19
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU/OR 2:02.01

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 3:42.22 55.89 55.89
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