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Charlie Daniels

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 4 1
Silver 1 0
Bronze 2 0
Total 7 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
SexMale
Full nameCharles Meldrum "Charlie"•Daniels
Used nameCharlie•Daniels
Born24 March 1885 in Dayton, Ohio (USA)
Died9 August 1973 in Carmel Valley Village, California (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Charlie Daniels was a major influence on the development of American swimming. He perfected the Australian crawl, changing it slightly, adding a six-beat kick, to be renamed the American crawl, and using it to win a record 31 AAU individual championships. When he retired from swimming in 1911, he had won 53 national titles, and won over 300 races. He set world freestyle records at every distance from 25y to one mile and in 1905, he posted 14 world records within a period of four days. His tally of eight Olympic medals was not bettered until Mark Spitz among American swimmers. In addition to his outstanding abilities in the pool, Daniels was also the bridge and squash champion of the New York AC and later became a top amateur golfer.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Charlie Daniels
50 yard Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
100 yard Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
220 yard Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
440 yard Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
880 yard Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 50 Yard Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) New York Athletic Club #1 1 Gold
100 Yard Backstroke, Men (Olympic) DNS
1906 Intercalated Games Swimming (Aquatics) USA Charlie Daniels
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Intercalated) 1 Gold
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Intercalated) DNS
One Mile Freestyle, Men (Intercalated) DNS
4 × 250 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Intercalated) United States 4
1908 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Charlie Daniels
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 3 Bronze

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1906 Intercalated Games 24 April 1906 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat One 1:17.6 1
1906 Intercalated Games 25 April 1906 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Final 1:13.0 1
1908 Summer Olympics 17 July 1908 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat Five 1:05.8 1
1908 Summer Olympics 20 July 1908 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Final 1:05.6 WR 1

Special Notes

Errata

Date of death given as 6 November 1918