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Matt Biondi

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 8
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 11
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMatthew Nicholas "Matt"•Biondi
Used nameMatt•Biondi
Born8 October 1965 in Moraga, California (USA)
Measurements200 cm / 95 kg
AffiliationsCalifornia Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

The United States’ Matt Biondi’s total of 11 Olympic medals for swimming matches the Olympic record for swimming first set by Mark Spitz in 1968-72. Biondi first competed at the 1984 Olympic Games, winning a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay, but he was at his best at the 1988 Games, when he attempted to duplicate Spitz’s Munich performance of seven gold medals. Biondi succeeded in winning seven medals, but failed to win seven golds. His five golds in 1988 came in the 50 metre freestyle, 100 metre freestyle, and all three relays, while he finished second in the 100 metre butterfly and third in the 200 metre freestyle. In 1992, he won two more gold medals in relays, and added a silver in the 50 metre freestyle. Biondi set seven individual world records (three at 50 metre freestyle and four at 100 metre freestyle) and won six gold medals at the World Championships (1986, 1991). In 1986 he won three World Championship gold medals, and added a silver and three bronzes to set a record of seven medals at one World Championship meet (since equaled by Michael Phelps).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Matt Biondi
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1988 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Matt Biondi
50 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
100 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1992 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Matt Biondi
50 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 5
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1984 Summer Olympics 2 August 1984 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 3:19.03 WR 1
1988 Summer Olympics 21 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 7:12.51 WR 1
1988 Summer Olympics 22 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat Ten 49.04 1
1988 Summer Olympics 22 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Final 48.63 1
1988 Summer Olympics 23 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 3:16.53 WR 1
1988 Summer Olympics 24 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 50 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat Eight 22.39 1
1988 Summer Olympics 24 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 50 metres Freestyle, Men Final 22.14 WR 1
1988 Summer Olympics 25 September 1988 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men Final 3:36.93 WR 1

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