Patty Kempner

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePatricia "Patty"•Kempner
Used namePatty•Kempner
Born24 August 1942 in Augusta, Georgia (USA)
Measurements160 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsKristensen Swim School
NOC United States


As a 13-year-old, Patty Kempner placed fifth in the 200 m breaststroke at the 1956 Final Trials. Four years later she improved to take second place at the Trials and finished seventh in the Olympic final in Rome. Kempner, a student at the University of Arizona, swam the breaststroke stage in the medley relay at the Olympics when the U.S. set a world record and beat the more fancied Australians by a comfortable margin. She won the AAU indoor 100 y breaststroke title in 1957 and 1958 and won silver in the 200 m breststroke at the 1959 Pan American Games.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Patty Kempner
200 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 7
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

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