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Gary Hall

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGary Wayne•Hall, Sr.
Used nameGary•Hall
Born7 August 1951 in Fayetteville, North Carolina (USA)
Measurements186 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsCincinnati Marlins, Cincinnati (USA)
NOC United States


Although Gary Hall’s three Olympic medals came in the butterfly he was, without doubt, at his absolute best in the IM. A graduate of Indiana, Hall set 10 world records, of which eight were set in IM events and one each in the fly and backstroke, and he was the first man to break four minutes for the 400m IM. He won 23 AAU and seven NCAA championships and posted 23 U.S. records. Hall carried the U.S. flag at the 1976 opening ceremonies. He was by then a medical student at the University of Cincinnati and today is a practicing ophthalmologist. His son, Gary Hall, Jr., became one of the world’s great swim sprinters in the late 90s. Gary Hall, Sr., is the son-in-law of Charles Keating, Jr. NCAA swimming champion in 1946, who was convicted (later overturned) in the savings and loans scandal of the 1990s.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Gary Hall
200 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 4
400 metres Individual Medley, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Gary Hall
200 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
200 metres Individual Medley, Men (Olympic) 4
400 metres Individual Medley, Men (Olympic) 5
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Gary Hall
100 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1972 Summer Olympics 28 August 1972 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Butterfly, Men Round One, Heat One 2:03.70 1
1972 Summer Olympics 4 September 1972 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men Round One, Heat Three 3:51.98 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1976 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony USA Gary Hall

Olympic family relations

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