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Max Ritter

Full name: Richard Max Ritter
Gender: Male
Born: November 7, 1886 in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Died: May 24, 1974 in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: SCC Hellas Magdeburg
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Swimming

Biography

German-born swimmer Max Ritter was president of the Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA) from 1960-64. Ritter emigrated to the United States in 1910, and was first named to the FINA board in 1936. He was one of the eight founders of FINA on 19 July 1908, when the group set uniform international rules for aquatic sports and established world records for swimming. By the time of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, FINA membership had grown to more than 90 National Federations under Ritter's leadership. He served as treasurer of the US Olympic Committee from 1955-64, and was active for more than 50 years with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). In 1965 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

As a swimmer Ritter competed at the 1908 and 1912 Summer Olympics. In 1908 he reached the semifinals of the 100 backstroke. In 1912 he finished fourth with the German 4x200 freestyle relay, and was eliminated in the heats of the 400 freestyle and the second round of the 100 free.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 21 London Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Germany GER 3 h1 r2/3
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Germany GER 3T h2 r2/4
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Germany GER 1 h3 r1/3
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Germany GER 4

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Swimming Germany Quarter-Finals Heat Two 3T 1:08.8
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Swimming Germany Round One Heat Six 2 Q 1:08.0

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Swimming Germany Round One Heat Three 1 Q 5:44.6

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Swimming Germany GER Final 4
1912 Summer 25 Stockholm Swimming Germany GER Round One Heat Two 2

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 21 London Swimming Germany Semi-Finals Heat One 3 at 6 yards
1908 Summer 21 London Swimming Germany Round One Heat Two 1 Q 1:33.4
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