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Mark Spitz – Famous Swimmer


Full Name: Mark Andrew Spitz

Date of Birth: 10 th February, 1950

Country: The United States of America

Sport involved in: Aquatics—Swimming

Achievements made:

  • Winner of five gold medals in the 1967 Pan-American Games
  • Gold medalist in the 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games
  • Silver medal winner in the 100 meter butterfly swimming event at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games
  • Winner of bronze medal in the 100 meter freestyle event at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics
  • Received the James E. Sullivan Award in 1971
  • Chosen the “World Swimmer of the Year” in 1969, 1971 and 1972
  • Winner of gold medals in the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle events at the 1972 Munich Summer Games
  • Gold medalist in the 100 meter and 200 meter butterfly events in the 1972 Munich Summer Games
  • Gold medal winner in the 4x100 meter medley relay, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter freestyle relay events
  • Winner of 24 National AAU Championships titles in the swimming events
  • Career: Mark Spitz learnt to swim when he was only two years old. By the age of 10, Spitz was the holder of 17 national age-group and one world record. He won the first National AAU Championships title of his career in 1966. In the competition, he won gold medal in the 100 meter butterfly event. After this first title, Spitz won 23 more National AAU Championships titles in his career. In the 1967 Pan-American Games, Spitz won five gold medals in various swimming events. Before the 1968 Olympics, Spitz had already set ten world records in swimming. With an aim of winning six gold medals, Spitz entered the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games swimming competition. The Olympics was a disappointment for him. However, he won two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal in the competition. In the 1972 Munich Summer Games , Spitz finally achieved his goal of six Olympic titles. In the 1972 Games, he won seven gold medals in various swimming events. More over, in each event, Spitz set a new world record. After the Munich Games, he retired from the sport at the age of 22. Spitz tried to qualify for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, when he was 41 years old. However, he could not qualify for the Games.

    Performance at the Olympics: Mark Spitz participated at the1968 Mexico City Summer Games at the age of 18. Spitz had set his goal at six Olympic gold medals. However, in the competition he could manage to win only two gold medals; one each in the 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter relay events. In the 100 meter butterfly event, Spitz won silver medal. He also won one bronze medal in the 100 meter freestyle event. In the 1972 Munich Summer Games , Spitz attempted to achieve his goal of six Olympic titles. This time he won seven gold medals in the competition. Spitz won the first gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly event. He set a world record in the event with a timing of 2:00.70 seconds. His next gold medal came in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay event where the U.S. team set a world record with 3:26.42 seconds. In the 200 meter freestyle event, Spitz set another world record of 1:52.78 seconds and won his third Olympic title. He won two more gold medals in the 100 meter butterfly event and the 4x200 meter freestyle relay events. Spitz finished the 100 meter butterfly event in 54.27 seconds and the 4x200 meter freestyle relay in 7:35.78 seconds. Spitz won the 100 meter freestyle event with a world record time of 51.22 seconds. He won his seventh gold medal in the 4x100 meter medley relay event. The U.S. team once more set the world record in the event with 3:48.16 seconds. With his achievements, Spitz became the only person to win seven gold medals in one Olympics.

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