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Jimmy McLane

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJames Price "Jimmy"•McLane, Jr.
Used nameJimmy•McLane
Born13 September 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died13 December 2020 in Ipswich, Massachusetts (USA)
AffiliationsNew Haven Swim Club
NOC United States

Biography

In 1944, Jimmy McLane became the youngest-ever men’s AAU swimming champion by winning the long-distance event at the age of 13. In a long career, which ended with his retirement in 1955, McLane won, in addition to his four Olympic medals, three golds at the 1955 Pan American Games - 400 metre freestyle, 1500 metre freestyle, and 4×200 metre freestyle (with Wayne Moore, Bill Yorzyk, and the non-Olympian Martin P. Smith), 21 AAU titles and, while attending Yale, he won two NCAA championships in 1953.

McLane joined the Army after graduating from Yale in 1953, and served for two years, working with Army intelligence during the Korean Conflict. His final competitive meet was the 1955 Pan Ams. He then worked for Life Magazine and then General Mills in mergers and acquisitions. McLane stayed active throughout his life, swimming recreationaly, until he was forced to stop from declining health, due to multiple sclerosis. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1970.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Jimmy McLane
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1952 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Jimmy McLane
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 7
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 4
4 × 200 metres Freestyle 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
1948 Summer Olympics 31 July 1948 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat One 4:42.2 1
1948 Summer Olympics 3 August 1948 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 8:46.0 WR 1
1952 Summer Olympics 29 July 1952 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 8:31.1 1

Special Notes