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Debbie Meyer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameDeborah Elizabeth "Debbie"•Meyer (-Weber)
Used nameDebbie•Meyer
Born14 August 1952 in Annapolis, Maryland (USA)
Measurements170 cm / 52 kg
AffiliationsArden Hills Swim Club, Sacramento (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

With victories in the 200, 400, and 800 metre freestyles in 1968, Debbie Meyer of the United States became the first woman swimmer to win three individual gold medals at one Olympic Games. She won each event by a large margin and achieved her unique Olympic treble despite the fact that she was handicapped by a severe upset stomach in Mexico City. Between 1967 and 1970 she set 15 world records, one at 200 metres, five at 400 metres, five at 800 metres, and four at 1,500 metres. Her other titles included the Pan-American Championships in 1967 at both 400 and 800 metres, the AAU 400 and 1,500 metres each year from 1967-70, and the AAU 400 metre individual medley in 1969. She retired after the 1970 season, only 18 years old, and was felt not to have approached her true potential as a distance swimmer. Meyer later became the owner/operator of the Debbie Meyer Swim Schools in and around Sacramento, California.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1968 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Freestyle, Women Olympic 1 Gold USA Debbie Meyer
  400 metres Freestyle, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  800 metres Freestyle, Women Olympic 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1968 Summer Olympics 19 October 1968 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Women Round One, Heat Two 4:35.0 1
1968 Summer Olympics 20 October 1968 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Women Final 4:31.8 1
1968 Summer Olympics 21 October 1968 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Freestyle, Women Round One, Heat One 2:13.1 1
1968 Summer Olympics 22 October 1968 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Freestyle, Women Final 2:10.5 1
1968 Summer Olympics 22 October 1968 Swimming (Aquatics) 800 metres Freestyle, Women Round One, Heat One 9:42.8 1
1968 Summer Olympics 24 October 1968 Swimming (Aquatics) 800 metres Freestyle, Women Final 9:24.0 1

Special Notes