Thompson Mann

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Thompson Mann
Bill Craig, Thompson Mann 1964.jpg
Mann (right) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Harold Thompson Mann
National team United States
Born (1942-12-01) December 1, 1942 (age 75)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. [1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club North Carolina Athletic Club
College team University of North Carolina

Harold Thompson Mann (born December 1, 1942) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, where he received a gold medal swimming for swimming the lead-off backstroke leg for the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Mann and his relay teammates Bill Craig (breaststroke), Fred Schmidt (butterfly) and Steve Clark set a new world record of 3:58.4 – and Mann set an individual world record in the 100-meter backstroke swimming his leg (59.6 seconds). [2]

Swimming (sport) water-based sport

Swimming is an individual or team sport that requires the use of one's entire body to move through water. The sport takes place in pools or open water. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with varied distance events in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley. In addition to these individual events, four swimmers can take part in either a freestyle or medley relay. A medley relay consists of four swimmers who will each swim a different stroke. The order for a medley relay is: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle. Swimming each stroke requires a set of specific techniques; in competition, there are distinct regulations concerning the acceptable form for each individual stroke. There are also regulations on what types of swimsuits, caps, jewelry and injury tape that are allowed at competitions. Although it is possible for competitive swimmers to incur several injuries from the sport, such as tendinitis in the shoulders or knees, there are also multiple health benefits associated with the sport.

1964 Summer Olympics Games of the XVIII Olympiad, celebrated in Tokyo in 1964

The 1964 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVIII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Tokyo, Japan, from 10 to 24 October 1964. Tokyo had been awarded the organization of the 1940 Summer Olympics, but this honour was subsequently passed to Helsinki because of Japan's invasion of China, before ultimately being cancelled because of World War II.

Bill Craig (swimmer) American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, former world record-holder

William Norval Craig was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and world record-holder. He represented the United States at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he won a gold medal by swimming the breaststroke leg for the first-place U.S. team in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay. Craig and his teammates Thompson Mann (backstroke), Fred Schmidt (butterfly) and Steve Clark (freestyle) set a new medley relay world record of 3:58.4. Craig attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he swam for the USC Trojans swimming and diving team. He graduated in 1967.

In 1965 Mann won the national indoor and outdoor titles in both the 100 and 200 yd backstroke, setting a world's best time and American record over 100 yd. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1984, [3] and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

International Swimming Hall of Fame Hall of fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The International Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum (ISHOF) is a history museum and hall of fame, located at One Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, operated by private interests and serving as the central point for the study of the history of swimming in the United States and around the world. Exhibits include ancient art and both reproductions and original art depicting famous moments in swimming history, swimwear, and civil rights, as well as memorabilia and artifacts belonging to persons who have promoted or excelled in aquatics. It is recognized by FINA as the official hall for the aquatics sports.

See also

World record progression 100 metres backstroke Wikimedia list article

This is a history of the 100 m backstroke world record as swum in both long-course pools and short-course (25 m) pools—the two categories recognized/tracked by FINA.

This article includes the world record progression for the 4×100 metres medley relay, and it shows the chronological history of world record times in that competitive swimming event. The 4×100 metres medley relay is a medley race in which each of four swimmers on a team swims a 100-metre leg of the relay, each swimming a different stroke, in the following sequence:

  1. Backstroke ;
  2. Breaststroke;
  3. Butterfly; and
  4. Freestyle.

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References

  1. Thompson Mann. Sports-Reference.com
  2. "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Swimming" Archived 2007-09-04 at the Wayback Machine .databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on April 29, 2008)
  3. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Thompson Mann (USA). Retrieved April 11, 2015.