John Nelson

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Maurer•Nelson
Used nameJohn•Nelson
Born8 June 1948 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Measurements178 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsYale Bulldogs, New Haven (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3


After winning his first Olympic medal in 1964, John Nelson of Yale won his only AAU title in 1965 and set a world record for the 400 metre freestyle the following year. Nelson recorded 4:11.8 for the 400 free on 18 August 1966, a record which was broken later in the day by Don Schollander, who recorded 4:11.6. Apart from his three Olympic medals, John Nelson was an Olympic finalist in the 400 freestyle in 1964 and 1968, and in 1968 he was a finalist in the 1,500 freestyle. He also won a gold in the 4×200 free relay at the 1967 Universiade.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA John Nelson
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 5
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1968 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA John Nelson
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 6
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 8
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Special Notes


According to his teammate Mike Austin he attended Yale after the Olympics.