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Dick Cleveland

Full name: Richard Fitch "Dick" Cleveland
Nickname(s): Spoofy
Gender: Male
Born: September 21, 1929 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Died: July 27, 2002 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming


One of the first swimmers to incorporate weight training in his regimen, Cleveland was a top sprinter. He won three individual NCAA titles, two in the 50 metres freestyle, and one in the 100 m freestyle. The 50 metres was not an Olympic event at the time, and Cleveland therefore only competed in the 100, being eliminated in the semis in Helsinki. He was more successful at the 1951 Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, winning three gold medals - 100 metre freestyle, 4×200 metre freestyle (with [Ronald Gora], [Burwell Jones], and [Bill Heusner]), and 3×100 metre medley (with [Allen Stack] and [Bowen Stassforth]). He broke four World Records, most famously the 100 m freestyle record in 1954. Cleveland is inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 h2 r2/3

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 58.6
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 Q 57.8
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