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Don Schollander

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 5
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDonald Arthur "Don"•Schollander
Used nameDon•Schollander
Born30 April 1946 in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 79 kg
AffiliationsSanta Clara SC, Santa Clara (USA) / Yale Bulldogs, New Haven (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

In 1964, American Don Schollander became the first swimmer to win four gold medals at one Olympic Games. His victories came in the 100 and 400 metre freestyles and in both relays, and in all but the 100 metres he set a world record. He was unfortunate that the 200 metres was not on the program at the Tokyo Games as he eventually set nine world records between 1963 and 1968 at this, his best distance. Schollander also posted three world records at 400 metres and shared in eight world records in the freestyle relays. At the 1968 Games he was unable to defend his 100 metres and 400 metres Olympic titles as he failed to make the U.S. team at these distances, but he won his fifth gold in the 4 x 200 metres relay and took the silver in the 200 metre freestyle. His other titles included three golds at the 1967 Pan-American Games, in the 200 free and both relays, and the following AAU Outdoor titles: 110 yards – 1964, 1966-67; 200 metres/220 yards – 1962-64, 1966-67; and 440 yards – 1963-64 and 1966.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Don Schollander
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1968 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Don Schollander
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1964 Summer Olympics 12 October 1964 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Final 53.4 1
1964 Summer Olympics 14 October 1964 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat Seven 4:15.8 1
1964 Summer Olympics 14 October 1964 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 3:33.2 WR 1
1964 Summer Olympics 15 October 1964 Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Men Final 4:12.2 WR 1
1964 Summer Olympics 18 October 1964 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Final 7:52.1 WR 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1964 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony USA Don Schollander

Special Notes