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Johnny Weissmuller

Full name: Peter Johann "Johnny" Weissmuller
Other name(s): Petros János Weiszmüller/Weißmüller
Gender: Male
Born: June 2, 1904 in Freidorf, Timişoara, Timiş, Romania
Died: January 20, 1984 in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Affiliations: Illinois Athletic Club, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming, Water Polo

Medals: 5 Gold, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Although his records have long since been surpassed, and although others have won more Olympic medals, Johnny Weissmuller remains the best known swimmer of all time. Weissmuller set the first of his many world records as a 17-year-old in 1922 and experts considered his 100y freestyle record of 51.0 in 1927 to be the greatest of all his achievements. This remained a world record for 17 years, although Weissmuller himself swam 48.5, as a 36-year-old, after he had joined the professional ranks. He was the first man to better one minute for the 100m freestyle, the first man under five minutes for the 440y freestyle, and he won a total of 51 AAU championships. After a loss in the 1921 AAU 440y freestyle to Ludy Langer, there is no record of his ever losing another race. Weissmuller later became a model for underwear, which led to an acting career. He became the best known of the screen Tarzans, appearing in 12 Tarzan movies, and involvement in a number of successful aquatic related businesses enabled him to lead a prosperous life. He was married five times, and spent his final years in poor health in Mexico.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 19 Paris Water Polo Men's Water Polo United States USA 3 Bronze
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Water Polo Men's Water Polo United States USA 5T
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold =OR
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1924 Summer 19 Paris Water Polo United States USA Third-Place Tournament Match #3 1 1924-07-20 USA 3, SWE 2 0
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Water Polo United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 1928-08-06 HUN 5, USA 0 0

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming United States Final 1 OR 59.0
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/OR 1:00.8
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 1:03.8
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Swimming United States Final 1 =OR 58.6
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Three 1 QU/OR 58.6
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 1:00.0

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming United States Final 1 OR 5:04.2
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 5:13.6
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU/OR 5:22.2

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 19 Paris Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 9:53.4
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 9:36.2
1928 Summer 23 Amsterdam Swimming United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU/WR 9:38.8
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