George Kojac

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George Kojac
Buster Crabbe, George Kojac, Ray Ruddy, Johnny Weissmuller 1928.jpg
Buster Crabbe, George Kojac, Ray Ruddy and Johnny Weissmuller in 1928
Personal information
Full name George Harold Kojac
National team  United States
Born (1910-03-02)March 2, 1910
New York, New York
Died May 28, 1996(1996-05-28) (aged 86)
Fairfax, Virginia
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke, freestyle
Club Boys' Club of New York
College team Rutgers University

George Harold Kojac (March 2, 1910 – May 28, 1996) was an American competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events.

Kojac represented the United States at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.[1] As a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, he received a gold medal.[1] Kojac and teammates Austin Clapp, Walter Laufer and Johnny Weissmuller set a new world record of 9:36.2 in the event final.[1][2] Individually, he won another gold medal in the men's 100-meter backstroke with a second world record time of 1:08.2.[1][3] He also finished fourth in the men's 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.8.[1][4]

Kojac was born to Ukrainian immigrants. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School, and learned to swim in the East River in New York. In 1931 he graduated from the Rutgers University and missed the 1932 Olympics because of his studies at Columbia Medical School. During his swimming career Kojac set 23 world records. In 1968 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[1][5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, George Kojac. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games, Men's 100 metres Backstroke Final. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games, Men's 100 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  5. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, George Kojac (USA). Retrieved August 24, 2015.

External links[edit]

  • George Kojac – Olympic results from databaseOlympics.com