Swimmers at the 1928 Summer Olympics

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  1. Johnny Weissmuller
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    Johnny Weissmuller

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    Johnny Weissmuller (born Johann Peter Weißmüller; June 2, 1904 – January 20, 1984) was an American competition swimmer and actor best known for playing Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s and for having one of the best competitive swimming records of the 20th century. Weissmuller was one of the world's fastest swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals for swimming and one bronze medal for water polo. He won fifty-two U.S. National Championships, set more than fifty world records (spread over both freestyle and backstroke), and was purportedly undefeated in official competition for the entirety of his competitive career. After retiring from competitions, he became the sixth actor to portray Edgar Rice Burroughs's ape man, Tarzan, a role he played in twelve motion pictures. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known. His character's distinctive Tarzan yell is still often used in films.


  2. Buster Crabbe
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    Buster Crabbe

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    Clarence Linden Crabbe II (/ˈkræb/; February 7, 1908 – April 23, 1983), commonly known by his stage name Buster Crabbe, was an American competitive swimmer and movie actor. He won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for 400-meter freestyle swimming event before breaking into acting. He starred in a number of popular films in the 1930s and 1940s. He also played the title role in the serials Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.


  3. Eleanor Holm
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    Eleanor Holm

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    Eleanor G. Holm (December 6, 1913 – January 31, 2004) was an American competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist. She is best known for having been suspended from the 1936 Summer Olympics team after she attended a cocktail party on the transatlantic cruise ship taking her to Germany. She went on to have a high-profile celebrity career as actress and singer, socialite and interior designer, and co-starred in a Hollywood Tarzan movie.


  4. Ellen King
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    Ellen King

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    Ellen Elizabeth King (16 January 1909 – February 1994) was a Scottish competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain twice in the Olympics, and Scotland at the inaugural British Empire Games. King was a versatile swimmer, and competed in various backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle swimming events.


  5. Norman Brooks (swimmer)
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    Norman Brooks (swimmer)

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    Norman Standish Brooks (11 March 1910 – 23 September 1953) was an English competition swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics and England in the British Empire Games during the late 1920s and early 1930s. He competed in freestyle swimming events.


  6. Martial van Schelle
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    Martial van Schelle

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    Martial Van Schelle (sometimes shown as Martial van Schelle, 6 July 1899 – 15 March 1943) was a Belgian bobsledder, swimmer, aviator, and businessman who competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympics for Belgium from the early 1920s to the late 1930s. He was captured by the Nazis during World War II and executed in a concentration camp.


  7. Jane Fauntz
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    Jane Fauntz

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    Jane Fauntz (December 19, 1910 – May 30, 1989), also known by her married name Jane Manske, was a national champion swimmer and diver, and a member of the United States Olympic teams in 1928 (swimming) and 1932 (springboard diving). She was the bronze medalist for springboard diving at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


  8. Josephine McKim
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    Josephine McKim

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    Josephine Eveline McKim (January 4, 1910 – December 10, 1992), also known by her married name Josephine Chalmers, was an American swimmer who won three medals at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics. In 1928 she won the bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle event. She also swam in the first heat of 4×100-meter freestyle relay, but was replaced by Eleanor Garatti in the final. Four years later she won the gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle. During her career McKim set five world records in various freestyle events.


  9. Teófilo Yldefonso
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    Teófilo Yldefonso

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    Teófilo E. Yldefonzo (November 5, 1903 – June 19, 1942) was a Filipino breaststroke swimmer. He is the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to win an Olympic medal, and the only Filipino to win multiple medals.


  10. George Kojac
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    George Kojac

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    George Harold Kojac (March 2, 1910 – May 28, 1996) was an American competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events.


  11. Margaret Hoffman
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    Margaret Hoffman

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    Margaret Hoffman (June 19, 1911 – March 25, 1991) was an American competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1928 Summer Olympics and 1932 Summer Olympics. In 1928 she finished fifth in the women's 200-metet breaststroke event with a time of 3:19.2. Four years later in 1932, she again finished fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke event at the Los Angeles Games, clocking an improved time of 3:11.8.


  12. Marie Braun
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    Marie Braun

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    Maria "Marie" Johanna Philipsen-Braun (22 June 1911 – 23 June 1982) was a Dutch swimmer. She competed at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics and won a gold medal in the 100 m backstroke and a silver in the 400 m freestyle in 1928. She failed to reach the finals of these events at the 1932 Games due to a sudden illness. During her career Braun set six world and 25 national records.


  13. Maria Vierdag
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    Maria Vierdag

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    Maria "Rie" Vierdag (22 September 1905 – 17 July 2005) was a Dutch freestyle swimmer who competed at the 1924, 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics. She won a silver medal in the 4×100 m relay in 1932, setting a European record, and finished sixth in 1924. She failed to reach the 100 m finals at all Games.


  14. Margery Hinton
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    Margery Hinton

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    Margery Hinton (25 June 1915 – February 1996) was an English breaststroke and freestyle swimmer who competed for Great Britain in the 1928 Summer Olympics, 1932 Summer Olympics, and 1936 Summer Olympics.


  15. Hilde Schrader
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    Hilde Schrader

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    Hildegard "Hilde" Schrader (4 January 1910 – 23 March 1966) was a German swimmer who won the 200 m breaststroke event at the 1928 Summer Olympics and 1927 European Championships. She also set two world records in obsolete breaststroke events, one in the 400 m (1928) and one in the 200 yd (1929). In 1994 she was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


  16. Joyce Cooper
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    Joyce Cooper

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    Margaret Joyce Cooper (18 April 1909 – 22 July 2002), later known by her married name Joyce Badcock, was an English competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and European championships, and England at the British Empire Games, during the late 1920s and early 1930s.


  17. Austin Clapp
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    Austin Clapp

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    Austin Rhone Clapp (November 8, 1910 – December 22, 1971) was an American competition swimmer and water polo player who represented the United States at the 1928 Summer Olympics and 1932 Summer Olympics.


  18. Jack Hatfield
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    Jack Hatfield

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    John Gatenby Hatfield (15 August 1893 – 30 March 1965) was an English competitive swimmer and water polo player who represented Great Britain internationally. Hatfield won three medals at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, and competed in three other Olympic Games.


  19. Iris Tanner
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    Iris Tanner

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    Iris Vera Tanner (20 November 1906 – 22 February 1971) was an English swimmer born in Eastbourne, who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympics and 1928 Summer Olympics. At the 1924 Olympics she won a silver medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event and was fifth in the 100 m freestyle event. In the 400 m freestyle competition she was eliminated in the semi-finals. Four years later in Amsterdam she won her second silver medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event, was sixth in the 400 m freestyle event and was fourth in her heat in the semi-finals of 100 m freestyle event and did not advance.


  20. Joseph Whiteside
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    Joseph Whiteside

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    Joseph Whiteside (4 August 1906 – October 1990) was an English competition swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, and England in the British Empire Games, during the late 1920s and early 1930s. White competed in freestyle swimming events.


  21. Arne Borg
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    Arne Borg

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    Claes Arne Borg (18 August 1901 – 7 November 1987) was a Swedish swimmer. He is best known for breaking 32 world records and winning five Olympic medals in the 1920s. In 1926 Borg won the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal, shared with Edvin Wide. Next year, at the 1927 European Championships, he set a new world record in the 1500 m at 19:07.2 which stood for nearly 11 years. Besides swimming, Borg also won a European silver medal in water polo in 1926. His twin brother Åke was also an Olympic medalist in swimming.


  22. Karl Schäfer
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    Karl Schäfer

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    Karl Schäfer (17 May 1909, in Vienna – 23 April 1976, in Vienna) was an Austrian figure skater and swimmer. In figure skating, he became a two-time Olympic champion at the 1932 Winter Olympics and the 1936 Winter Olympics. He was also a seven-time World champion (1930–1936) and eight-time European champion (1929–1930). As a swimmer, he competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics in the 200 metre breakstroke.


  23. Cissie Stewart
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    Cissie Stewart

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    Sarah Gillow Marshall "Cissie" Stewart (19 July 1911 – 8 January 2008), later known by her married name Sarah Hunt, was a Scottish swimmer who competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics. She won a silver medal in the women's 4×100-metre freestyle relay event and was fourth in the 400-metre freestyle event.


  24. James Thompson (swimmer)
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    James Thompson (swimmer)

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    James Gilmour Thompson (January 20, 1906 – January 26, 1966) was a Scottish-born Canadian freestyle swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam; he also competed in the 400-metre and 1500-metre freestyle events, but failed to reach the finals. Two years later he won a gold medal in the 4×200-yard freestyle relay at the 1930 British Empire Games.


  25. Munroe Bourne
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    Munroe Bourne

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    Frederick Munroe Bourne (June 26, 1910 – July 11, 1992) was a Canadian swimmer who competed at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics in the 100-metre freestyle, 100-metre backstroke and 4×200-metre freestyle relay events and won a bronze medal in the relay in 1928. He was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of all his individual events. Bourne won the 100-yard and 4×200-yard freestyle competitions at the 1930 British Empire Games.


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