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Johan Bontekoe

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohan Klaas•Bontekoe
Used nameJohan•Bontekoe
Born1 July 1943 in Assen (NED)
Died25 March 2006 in Amsterdam (NED)
Measurements193 cm / 89 kg
AffiliationsHPC, Heemstede (NED)
NOC Netherlands


In 1962, Johan Bontekoe became the first male Dutch swimmer to win a European title since 1938. In a close fight with Hans Rosendahl, he defeated the Swede to win the 400 m freestyle. Although he qualified for the Rome Olympics with the 4 x 200 m relay team, the Dutch federation did not enter the team for the Games. Bontekoe did qualify for Tokyo, where he was eliminated in the heats of the 400 m freestyle. In his own country, Bontekoe was the dominant long distance swimmer, winning 14 national titles and breaking a national record 28 times. Earning a living in the banking world, Bontekoe was involved with the Dutch swimming federation in several position. He died at age 62 of pneumonia, after several years of ill health.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) NED Johan Bontekoe
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 14
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 10
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Netherlands 12

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