Jimmy McLane

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Jimmy McLane
Personal information
Full name James Price McLane, Jr.
Nickname(s) "Jimmy"
National team  United States
Born (1930-09-13) September 13, 1930 (age 84)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club New Haven Swim Club
College team Yale University

James Price McLane, Jr. (born September 13, 1930) is an American former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

McLane represented the United States as a 17-year-old at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England.[1] He won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4 × 200-meter freestyle relay, with teammates Wally Ris, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith. Ris, McLane, Wolf and Smith set a new world record of 8:46.0 in the event final.[2] Individually, he won another gold medal for his first-place showing in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle, with a time of 19:18.5, finishing almost 13 seconds ahead of Australian John Marshall (19:31.3).[3] He also earned a silver medal for his second-place finish in the men's 400-meter freestyle (4:43.4), finishing behind fellow American Bill Smith (4:41.0).[4]

Four years later at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, he won another gold medal by swimming the anchor leg for the first-place U.S. team in the 4 × 200-meter freestyle relay, together with relay teammates Wayne Moore, Bill Woolsey and Ford Konno. The Americans set a new Olympic record of 8:31.1 in the final.[5] In individual competition, he finished fourth in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle (18:51.5),[6] and seventh in the men's 400-meter freestyle (4:40.3).[7]

McLane was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,[8] and graduated from Phillips Academy. He attended Yale University, where he swam for the Yale Bulldogs swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. He was a member of Skull and Bones, and graduated from Yale in 1953.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Jimmy McLane. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games, Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Final. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games, Men's 1500 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games, Men's 400 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games, Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Final. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games, Men's 1500 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games, Men's 400 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  8. ^ John Lohn, Historical Dictionary of Competitive Swimming, Scarecrow Press, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, p. 94 (2010). Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "Barbara C. Hamby Is Married Here: Little Church Is Setting for Wedding to Pvt. J. McLane, 1952 Olympic Swimmer," The New York Times (January 14, 1954).

External links[edit]

  • Jimmy McLane – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • Jimmy McLane (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at the International Swimming Hall of Fame