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Walter Brack

Full name: Walter Brack
Gender: Male
Born: December 20, 1880 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: July 19, 1919 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Affiliations: Charlottenburger SV, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Walter Brack, a swimmer from Berlin, won the gold medal in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:16.8. This was the first time the 100 back was swum in Olympic competition as there was no backstroke in 1896 and only a 200 backstroke in 1900. Brack used the underwater recovery style with his arms and legs, similar to the elementary backstroke of today. Brack also competed in the 440 yard breaststroke, and won a silver medal behind fellow teammate, [Georg Zacharias], who finished in 7:23.6, and ahead of USA's [Jam Handy] from Chicago, who later became the last surviving medalist of the 1904 Olympic Games. In 1903 and 1904 Brack was German Champion in the 100 metre backstroke. In 1997 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Swimming Men's 100 Yard Backstroke Germany GER 1 Gold
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Swimming Men's 440 Yard Breaststroke Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's 100 Yard Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Swimming Germany Final Standings 1 1:16.8

Men's 440 Yard Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 23 St. Louis Swimming Germany Final Standings 2 at 5 metres
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