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Peter Fick

Full name: Peter Joseph Fick
Gender: Male
Born: December 12, 1913
Died: August 10, 1980 in Miami, Florida, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming


Peter Fick swam for Yale and the New York Athletic Club. He never won an NCAA title at Yale, which is unusual in that he dominated American sprint swimming from 1934-39. Fick was AAU Champion in the 100 metres outdoors in 1935-38 and indoors in the 100 yards in 1935-39. He won AAU 4x100 yard relay titles with the NYAC in 1934-36. Fick set three world records for the 100 metres. In 1934 he broke [Johnny Weissmuller]’s vaunted record of 57.4 from 1924, recording 56.8, and he improved that in 1935 with 56.6, and in 1936 with 56.4. He went to the 1936 Olympics a slight favorite in the 100 freestyle, but placed sixth, although American officials disputed the finish and thought he may actually have been a medalist. In 1938 Fick swam anchor on an American 4x100 metre relay that broke the world record (3:59.2) and became the first relay team to better four minutes for the distance. Fick would have been favored at the 1940 Olympics in the 100 freestyle but never had that opportunity.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 6

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Swimming United States Final 6 59.7
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 Q 58.2
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 Q/OR 57.6
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