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Bill Smith

Full name: William Melvin "Bill" Smith, Jr.
Gender: Male
Born: May 16, 1924 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Died: February 8, 2013
Affiliations: Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Bill Smith swam for the Alexander Community Association Team in Wailuku, Maui as a high school student and then attended Ohio State. At the 1942 AAU Meet Smith won the 200, 400, and 800 metre titles, breaking the world record in the 400 with a time of 4:39.6 that shattered the vaunted mark set by Johnny Weissmuller. Smith’s career was interrupted by Naval service during World War II, but he won 15 AAU Championships in his career, adding seven NCAA titles by winning the 220 free in 1943, 1947-49, and the 440 free from 1947-49. Smith was nominated for the Sullivan Award six times, finishing second three times. Following his graduation from Ohio State he became captain of the surf guards at Waikiki Beach, coached swimming at the University of Hawaii and was water safety director for the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation for 25 years, responsible for Oahu’s lifeguard program. He also coached age group swimmers for many years, near the end of his career at the Kamehameha Swim Club. In 2001 Bill Smith was named Ohio State University’s swimmer of the century by the Columbus Touchdown Club.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 24 London Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1948 Summer 24 London Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 24 London Swimming United States Final 1 OR 4:41.0
1948 Summer 24 London Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 4:48.4
1948 Summer 24 London Swimming United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 4:45.3

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 24 London Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 8:46.0