Virginia Ruth Duenkel (March 7, 1947) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.
1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Duenkel medaled in two individual swimming events as a 17-year old. First, she won a gold medal for her first-place finish in the [1 ] women's 400-meter freestyle. Then she received a bronze medal for her third-place performance in the [1 ] women's 100-meter backstroke. [1 ]
Duenkel inducted into the
International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1985. [2 ]
"Ginny Duenkel Municipal Pool" in her hometown of
West Orange, New Jersey was named in her honor. She attended West Orange High School. [3 ]
The Chris and Ginny Fuldner Aquatic Center in
Monett, Missouri is named in honor of Ginny and her contributions to the sport of swimming in Monett, which includes founding the Monett Waterthrashers Swim team which spawned the swim team at Monett High School
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References [ edit ]
^ a b c Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ginny Duenkel. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Virginia Duenkel (USA). Retrieved October 11, 2012.
^ "World Mark Set By Rose in Swim," The New York Times, p. 16 (August 18, 1962).
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