Bob Bennett (swimmer)
|Full name||Robert Earl Bennett|
May 23, 1943 |
Los Angeles, California
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg)|
|Club||Los Angeles Athletic Club|
|College team||University of Southern California|
Robert Earl Bennett (born May 23, 1943) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder.
Bennett attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he competed for the USC Trojans swimming and diving team from 1963 to 1965. He received All-American honors for three consecutive years, and graduated in 1965.
Bennett represented the United States at the 1960 and 1964 Summer Olympics. At the 1960 Rome games, he received the bronze medal for his third-place finish in the men's 100-meter backstroke. He also swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the men's 4x100-meter medley relay, setting a new world record in the process, but did not receive a medal under the international swimming rules in effect in 1960 because he did not swim in the event final. The U.S. team that swam in the final broke the record again.
Four years later at the 1964 Tokyo games, he won a second bronze medal in the men's 200-meter backstroke. He again swam for the first-place U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the men's 4x100-meter medley relay, but did not get a medal under the rely rules in effect in 1964.
Bennett set a new world record of 1.01.3 in the 100-meter backstroke on August 19, 1961; the record survived for twelve months until broken by American Tom Stock.
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (men)
- List of University of Southern California people
- World record progression 100 metres backstroke
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres medley relay
- Bob Bennett – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
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