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Jim Montgomery

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJames Paul "Jim"•Montgomery
Used nameJim•Montgomery
Born24 January 1955 in Madison, Wisconsin (USA)
Measurements191 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsGatorade Swim Club, Bloomington (USA) / Indiana Hoosiers, Bloomington (USA)
NOC United States


With two individual golds and three more in the relays, Jim Montgomery was the star swimmer of the 1973 World Championships. He attended Indiana, where he won the NCAA 200y free before going on to win four AAU titles. Montgomery set two world records for the 100m freestyle in 1975 and improved his world record twice at the Montréal Olympics. There he broke a barrier as, with his time in the finals of 49.99, he became the first man to swim 100 meters in under 50 seconds. Between 1973 and 1976, Montgomery was also a member of five world record breaking relay teams.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Jim Montgomery
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

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