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Johnny Weissmuller – Famous Swimmer


Full Name: Johnny Weissmuller

Date of Birth: 2 nd June, 1904

Died on: 20 th January, 1984

Country: The United States of America

Sport involved in: Aquatics—Swimming

Career: Johnny Weissmuller started swimming at an early age. Weissmuller won all the junior swim meets during his training period at the Stanton Park pool. He was included in the YMCA swimming team, when he was only twelve years old. In 1921, he made his first appearance at the AAU Championships as an amateur. In the championships he won gold medal in the 50 yard freestyle event. In 1922, Weissmuller set a new world record in the 100 meter freestyle event breaking Duke Kahanamoku's record in the event. He reached the finishing line in just 58.6 seconds. Weissmuller participated at the

Achievements made:

  • Winner of gold medals in the 100 meter and 400 meter freestyle, 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 1924 Paris Summer Games
  • Bronze medalist in the men's water polo competition at the 1924 Paris Summer Games
  • Gold medal winner in the 100 meter freestyle and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games
  • Winner of 52 US National Championships
1924 Paris Summer Games . In the Games, he won three gold medals in the 100 meter and 400 meter freestyle, 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. He was also a member of the American water polo team which won bronze medal in the 1924 Olympics. In his next appearance at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games , Weissmuller won two more gold medals in the swimming competition. In his swimming career, he had won a total of fifty two US National Championships. The great swimmer retired undefeated from the field of amateur swimming. He also set sixty-seven world records in various swimming events in his career. The 1927 world record made by Weissmuller in the 100 yard freestyle stood for long 17 years. After retirement, he chose a career of a film actor. Weissmuller was the most popular screen Tarzan. He acted the role in 12 movies from 1932 to 1948. Weissmuller died on 20 th January in 1984.

Performance at the Olympics: Johnny Weissmuller participated in the 1924 Paris Summer Games . In the Games, he won three gold medals in the 100 meter and 400 meter freestyle, 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. His fourth medal in the 1924 Olympics was one bronze medal in the water polo competition. In his second appearance at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games , Weissmuller won two more gold medals in the 100 meter freestyle and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events.

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