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Pokey Watson

Full name: Lillian Debra "Pokey" Watson (-Richardson)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: July 11, 1950 in Mineola, New York, United States
Affiliations: Santa Clara Swim Club, Santa Clara (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Pokey Watson was yet another U.S. swimming star to come from the Santa Clara SC. After her relay gold medal in 1964 she won three AAU outdoor freestyle titles, but she went to Mexico without a national backstroke title to her credit and still won the Olympic title by a handsome margin. One of her three AAU freestyle championships came in 1966 when she set a world record for 200 m. At the 1967 Pan American Games she won bronze in 100 m freestyle. She later became women's swim coach at Southern Cal. She married Dr. Alan Richardson, who was a pioneer in sports medicine for swimmers.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 14 Tokyo Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1964 Summer 14 Tokyo Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming Women's 200 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold OR

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1964 Summer 14 Tokyo Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 4:03.8 1:00.7 3:02.8

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Final 1 OR 2:24.8
1968 Summer 18 Ciudad de México Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU/OR 2:29.2

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1964 Summer 14 Tokyo Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU 4:41.6 1:01.9 4:41.6
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