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John Naber

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJohn Phillips•Naber
Used nameJohn•Naber
Born20 January 1956 in Evanston, Illinois (USA)
Measurements198 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsLadera Oaks Swim Club
NOC United States

Biography

With four gold medals, all in world-record time, and one silver, John Naber was the outstanding swimmer of the Montréal Olympics. His record at every other major championship was equally impressive. At the NCAAs, Naber won 10 individual and five relay titles and at the AAUs, he won 18 individual and seven relay titles. He won three golds at the 1977 Pan-American Games and ran up a fine record as a “barrier breaker” in the backstroke. Naber was the first man to beat 50 seconds for 100y, the first under 56 seconds for 100m, the first to better 1:50 for 200y, and the first man to break the two-minute barrier for the 200m. Such was the quality of his records that his world records, set in winning both backstroke events at Montréal, lasted until August 1983. Prior to attending Southern Cal, John Naber’s early education was in Italy and England, where his father worked as a management consultant.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA John Naber
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley 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
1976 Summer Olympics 18 July 1976 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 56.19 WR 1
1976 Summer Olympics 19 July 1976 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Final 55.49 WR 1
1976 Summer Olympics 21 July 1976 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 7:23.22 WR 1
1976 Summer Olympics 22 July 1976 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men Final 3:42.22 WR 1
1976 Summer Olympics 24 July 1976 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Backstroke, Men Round One, Heat Five 2:02.01 1
1976 Summer Olympics 24 July 1976 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Backstroke, Men Final 1:59.19 WR 1

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