Virgil Luken

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Virgil Luken
Personal information
Full name Virgil William Luken
Nationality  United States
Born (1942-09-12) September 12, 1942 (age 71)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke
Club Gopher Swim Club
College team University of Minnesota

Virgil William Luken (born September 12, 1942) is an American former competition swimmer.

Luken represented the United States at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[1] He swam for the breaststroke leg for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the qualifying heats of the men's 4x100-meter medley relay.[1][2] He did not receive a medal, however. Under the 1964 swimming rules, he was ineligible to receive a medal because he swam in the preliminary heats and not the event final.[3]

Luken attended the University of Minnesota, where he swam for the Minnesota Golden Gophers swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1962 to 1964.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Virgil Luken. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  2. ^, Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  3. ^ John Ewoldt, "Minnesotans recall their days of Olympics glory," Star Tribune (July 26, 2012). Retrieved October 25, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Virgil Luken – Olympic athlete profile at