Gary Ilman

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Gary Ilman
Don Schollander, Gary Ilman, Mike Austin, Steve Clark 1964.jpg
Schollander, Ilman, Austin and Clark display gold medals at 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Gary Steven Ilman
National team  United States
Born (1943-08-13) August 13, 1943 (age 73)
Glendale, California
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Santa Clara Swim Club
College team California State University, Long Beach

Gary Steven Ilman (born August 13, 1943) is an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder in two relay events.[1]

Ilman made his international swimming debut as a member of the U.S. national swimming team at the 1963 Pan American Games in São Paulo, Brazil. He was a member of the U.S. squad that won the gold medal in the men's 4×200-metre freestyle relay, together with his American teammates Richard McDonough, David Lyons and Ed Townsend.

Ilman represented the United States at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, where he won gold medals as a member of the first-place U.S. teams in the men's 4×100-meter freestyle relay and men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[1] In both freestyle relay events, Ilman and his American teammates broke existing world records. Steve Clark, Mike Austin, Ilman and Don Schollander set a new world record of 3:33.2 in the 4×100;[2][3][4] then Clark, Roy Saari, Ilman and Schollander set a new world mark of 7:52.1 in the 4×200.[3][5][6]

In individual competition, he finished fourth in the 400-metre freestyle event final. In a controversial outcome, both Ilman and German swimmer Hans-Joachim Klein were officially timed at 54.0 seconds (to 1/10 of a second), and were still tied at 54.00 (to 1/100 of a second) using the new unofficial electronic timing, but the judges on their own initiative awarded the bronze medal solely to Klein on the basis of the unofficial electronic time taken to 1/1,000 of a second.[7]

Ilman finished his international swimming career at the 1965 World University Games in Budapest, Hungary, where he won a pair of gold medals as a member of the winning U.S. relay teams in the 4×100-metre and 4×200-metre freestyle relay events, and a bronze medal in the 100-metre freestyle.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Gary Ilman. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games, Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Final. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games, United States Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  4. ^ Ted Smits, "Oerter Wins Third Discus Gold Medal", News Journal, p. 23 (October 15, 1964). Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games, Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Final. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  6. ^ United Press International, "U.S. Boosts Lead In Olympic Medals", The Times Recorder, p. B-3 (October 19, 1964). Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  7. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games, Men's 100 metres Freestyle. Retrieved May 31, 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Gary Ilman – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com