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Jack Taylor

Full name: Jack George Neil Taylor
Gender: Male
Born: January 31, 1931 in Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: May 30, 1955 in Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, United States
Affiliations: US Navy, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


Jack Taylor began swimming at the Downtown Akron YMCA and also swam for the Firestone Swim Club. He starred at The Ohio State University, winning 14 individual Big 10 titles. He started out as a distance swimmer but later changed over to the backstroke. Taylor won NCAA titles in the 1,500 freestyle in 1950, 100 yard backstroke in 1952, 150 yard backstroke in 1950, and the 200 yard backstroke in 1951. He won AAU titles outdoors and indoors in 1948 in the 1,500 metre freestyle, and indoors in 1951 in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke.

After graduating from Ohio State Taylor joined the Navy and became a fighter pilot, reaching the rank of lieutenant. On 30 May 1955, he crashed and died while practicing night carrier landings in his AD-4 Skyraider at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming United States Final 3 1:06.4
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 1:07.0
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 Q 1:07.2
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