Dick Roth

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Dick Roth
Personal information
Full name Richard William Roth
Nickname(s) "Dick"
National team  United States
Born (1947-09-26) September 26, 1947 (age 68)
Palo Alto, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Individual medley
Club Santa Clara Swim Club
College team Stanford University

Richard William Roth (born September 26, 1947) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events. He swam in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, where he won the gold medal for his first-place finish in the men's 400-meter individual medley, setting a new world record of 4:45.4 in the event final. Shortly before the individual medley final, Roth suffered an appendicitis, but refused an immediate operation. He insisted the surgeons delay to allow him to swim in the final, and won the gold medal as a result.[1]

Roth attended Stanford University. He was a two-time individual NCAA champion for the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team, winning the 200- and 400-yard individual medley.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Dick Roth. Retrieved march 13, 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Dick Roth – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • Dick Roth (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
Preceded by
Gerhard Hetz
Men's 400-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

July 31, 1964 – April 3, 1968
Succeeded by
Andrei Dunayev
Preceded by
Edward Stickles
Men's 200-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

August 2, 1964 – July 24, 1966
Succeeded by
Greg Buckingham