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Roy Saari

Full name: Roy Allen Saari
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Born: February 26, 1945 in Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: December 30, 2008 in Mammoth Lakes, California, United States
Affiliations: University of Southern California (USC) / El Segundo Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Brother of Robert Saari.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Roy Saari won the first of his 17 AAU titles in 1959 when he won the long distance swim at the age of 13, equalling Jimmy McLane’s record of being the youngest ever AAU swimming champion. While at Southern Cal, Saari matched Jack Medica’s NCAA record of winning nine individual events – three events for three consecutive years – and was on two winning NCAA relay teams. At the 1964 U.S. Trials, Saari became the first man to break 17 minutes for the 1,500m freestyle, but at the Olympics, he could place no better than seventh, some 30 seconds outside his best. Saari was from a famous swimming family. His father, Urho "Whitey" Saari coached the 1964 Olympic water polo team, which included his son, and Roy’s brother, Robert Saari. Roy Saari later became an attorney (law school at Loyola Marymount) and then a real estate agent and planning commissioner in Mammoth Lakes, California.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 4
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle United States USA 7
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Men's 400 metres Individual Medley United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming United States Final 4 4:16.7
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 4:20.0

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming United States Final 7 17:29.2
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 17:27.0

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 7:52.1 1:58.1 3:58.1

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming United States Final 2 4:47.1
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 5:02.3