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Jed Graef

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJedward Richard "Jed"•Graef
Used nameJed•Graef
Born1 May 1942 in Montclair, New Jersey (USA)
Measurements198 cm / 91 kg
AffiliationsPrinceton University / New Jersey Swim Association
NOC(s) United States


When Jed Graef won the 200m backstroke with a new world record at the Tokyo Games, he became the first Princetonian to win an Olympic gold medal for swimming. This proved to be by far the most significant victory of his career; the only other major title he won was the NCAA 200y backstroke in 1964. Graef earned a Ph.D. in psychology and was a pioneer in the field of sports psychology.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Backstroke, Men Olympic 1 Gold USA Jed Graef

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1964 Summer Olympics 11 October 1964 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Backstroke, Men Round One, Heat Three 2:14.5 1
1964 Summer Olympics 12 October 1964 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Backstroke, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 2:13.7 1
1964 Summer Olympics 13 October 1964 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Backstroke, Men Final 2:10.3 WR 1

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