August 24, 1942 |
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||123 lb (56 kg)|
|Stroke(s)||Breaststroke, individual medley|
|Club||Kristensen Swim School|
Patricia Kempner (born August 24, 1942) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events.
On April 27, 1957, she became the first woman to set an official world record in the 200-meter individual medley, clocking 2:48.2 at a swim meet in Chicago, Illinois. The record would survive for over a year.
At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, she won a gold medal by swimming the breaststroke leg for the first-place U.S. team in the women's 4x100-meter medley relay, together with teammates Lynn Burke (backstroke), Carolyn Schuler (butterfly), and Chris von Saltza (freestyle). The U.S medley relay team set a new world record in the event final of 4:41.1. Individually, she also competed in the women's 200-meter breaststroke, finishing seventh in the event final.
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (women)
- World record progression 200 metres individual medley
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres medley relay
- "Patty Kempner". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
- Patty Kempner – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
|Women's 200-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)
April 27, 1957 – July 20, 1958
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