Patty Kempner

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Patty Kempner
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born (1942-08-24) August 24, 1942 (age 71)
Augusta, Georgia
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight 123 lb (56 kg)
Sport Swimming
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.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Patty Kempner". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 

External links[edit]

  • Patty Kempner – Olympic athlete profile at

Preceded by
Women's 200-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

April 27, 1957 – July 20, 1958
Succeeded by
United States Becky Collins