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Gary Hall, Jr.

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 5
Silver 3
Bronze 2
Total 10
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGary Wayne•Hall, Jr.
Used nameGary•Hall, Jr.
Born26 September 1974 in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)
Measurements198 cm / 99 kg
AffiliationsBrophy College Preparatory, Phoenix
NOC United States

Biography

Gary Hall, Jr. has an excellent swimming pedigree. His father, Gary Hall, Sr. won three Olympic medals, while his grandfather, Charles Keating, Jr., was a NCAA champion in 1946. Keating became better known for his involvement in the 1990s savings and loan scandals, for which he was initially convicted, though later released. A sprint specialist, Gary Hall’s foremost opponent in the early years of his career was Aleksandr Popov, who beat him to the 50 and 100 m freestyle titles at both the 1994 World Championships and 1996 Olympics. After a serving a short suspension for marijuana in 1998, he finally won an individual international title at the Sydney Olympics. Tying with his teammate Anthony Ervin, he won gold in the 50 m freestyle. He surprisingly retained his title in Athens, making for a total of 10 Olympic medals, including five golds (the other three were won in relays). Hall, who was known for his pro boxer like entrance to swimming stadiums, attempted to qualify for his fourth Olympics at age 33, but placed 4th in the U.S. Trials, and announced his retirement later in the year. After his first Olympic appearance, Hall was diagnosed with diabetes and became a spokesman for the disease and, as a world-class athlete afflicted with diabetes, an inspiration to people with the disease.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1996 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Gary Hall, Jr.
50 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
2000 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Gary Hall, Jr.
50 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) =1 Gold
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Gary Hall, Jr.
50 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 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
1996 Summer Olympics 23 July 1996 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 3:15.41 1
1996 Summer Olympics 26 July 1996 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men Final 3:34.84 WR 1
2000 Summer Olympics 23 September 2000 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men Final 3:33.73 WR 1

Olympic family relations

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