Pokey Watson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLillian Debra "Pokey"•Watson (-Richardson)
Used namePokey•Watson
Born11 July 1950 in Mineola, New York (USA)
Measurements175 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsSanta Clara SC, Santa Clara (USA)
NOC United States


Pokey Watson was yet another U.S. swimming star to come from the Santa Clara SC. After her relay gold medal in 1964 she won three AAU outdoor freestyle titles, but she went to Mexico without a national backstroke title to her credit and still won the Olympic title by a handsome margin. One of her three AAU freestyle championships came in 1966 when she set a world record for 200 m. At the 1967 Pan American Games she won bronze in 100 m freestyle. She later became women’s swim coach at Southern Cal. She married Dr. Alan Richardson, who was a pioneer in sports medicine for swimmers.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Pokey Watson
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1
1968 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Pokey Watson
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold

Special Notes