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Michelle Richardson

Full name: Michelle Richardson Armengol (-Ahlers)
Nickname(s): Cha-Cha
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 106 lbs (48 kg)
Born: April 28, 1969 in Managua, Managua, Nicaragua
Affiliations: Gulliver Prep School
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Sister of Frank Richardson.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Michelle Richardson was born in Nicaragua to US parents, but the family moved to the United States when she was 10 because of the Nicaraguan Revolution. Her brother, [Frank Richardson], competed internationally for Nicaragua and swam at the 1976 Olympics, before they had left the country. Michelle Richardson was a distance freestyler who swam for Clemson after the 1984 Olympics. She was ACC Champion in the 1,650 yard freestyle in 1989. She actually wanted to represent Nicaragua internationally, like her brother, but was denied by the new Nicaraguan government. Richardson was only 15-years-old when she competed at the 1984 Olympics. She later settled back in Nicaragua and was the team leader for their 2012 Olympic team. Through 2012 no Nicaraguan, competing for Nicaragua, has won an Olympic medal.

Personal Bests – 200 free: 2:02.80 (); 400 free: 4:11.40 (); 800 free: 8:28.32 (); 1500 free: 16:12.57 ().

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 800 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver

Women's 800 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 2cT 2cR 3cT 3cR 4cT 4cR 5cT 5cR 6cT 6cR 7cT 7cR 100-200m 200-300m 300-400m 4-5m 5-6m 6-7m 7-8m
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming United States Final 2 8:30.73 1:02.84 4 2:07.26 4 3:11.14 2 4:14.86 2 5:18.60 2 6:22.30 2 7:26.67 2 1:04.42 (2) 1:03.88 (2) 1:03.72 (2) 1:03.74 (2) 1:03.70 (1) 1:04.37 (2) 1:04.06 (5)
1984 Summer 15 Los Angeles Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 Q 8:32.64 1:03.21 1 2:07.92 1 3:11.98 1 4:16.24 1 5:20.31 1 6:24.58 1 7:28.81 1 1:04.71 (1) 1:04.06 (1) 1:04.26 (1) 1:04.07 (1) 1:04.27 (1) 1:04.23 (1) 1:03.83 (2)
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