|Full name||Richard James DeMont|
April 21, 1956 |
San Francisco, California
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||152 lb (69 kg)|
|Club||Marin Aquatic Club|
Richard James DeMont (born April 21, 1956) is an American former swimmer who set a record for the 1,500-meter freestyle. A graduate in 1973 of Terra Linda High School, he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team and competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany where he won a gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle. At 1973 World Aquatics Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, DeMont became the first man to swim the 400-meter freestyle in under four minutes (3:58.18).
The International Olympic Committee stripped DeMont of his gold medal after he tested positive for a banned substance contained in his asthma medication. The positive test following the 400 also deprived DeMont of a chance at multiple medals, as he was not permitted to swim in any other events at the Games, including the 1500-meter freestyle for which he was the then-current world record holder.
In 2001 the US Olympic Committee admitted that it had mishandled DeMont's medical information at the 1972 Olympics and appealed to the IOC to reinstate the medal. The IOC refused to offer any official acknowledgment of DeMont's innocence and achievement.
As of 2009[update], DeMont is an associate head coach at the University of Arizona. He was an assistant coach for the South African men's swim team at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece and the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China.
- List of World Aquatics Championships medalists in swimming (men)
- World record progression 400 metres freestyle
- World record progression 1500 metres freestyle
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres freestyle relay
- Rick DeMont Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
- Rick DeMont (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
- DeMont redeemed after 29 years
- Negative Split: The Rick DeMont Story
|Men's 1,500-meter freestyle
August 6, 1972 – September 4, 1972