James Thompson (swimmer)

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James Thompson
Personal information
Full name James Gilmour[1][2][3][4] Thompson
Nickname(s) "Jimmy", "Mr. Swimming"
National team  Canada
Born (1906-01-20)January 20, 1906[4]
Dundee, Scotland[4]
Died January 26, 1966 (aged 60)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Toronto West End YMCA

James Gilmour[1][2][3][4] Thompson (January 20, 1906[4] – January 26, 1966[5]) was a Scottish-born Canadian freestyle swimmer who won a bronze medal in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam; he also competed in the 400-metre and 1500-metre freestyle events, but failed to reach the finals. Two years later he won a gold medal in the 4×200-yard freestyle relay at the 1930 British Empire Games.[6]

Thompson was born in Scotland and in the early 1920s moved to Canada, where he started training in swimming at the Toronto YMCA club. In 1928 the Canadian Olympic Committee selected him for the Olympics as a fourth team member, but could sponsor only three swimmers. Thompson, a machinist by profession, had modest incomes and had to seek sponsors to attend the Games. Later he initiated a government-sponsored swimming program for poor, and between 1932 and 1966 worked as the head coach of the Hamilton Aquatic Club. He was named Hamilton's Citizen of the Year in 1959, Canada's Swimming Coach of the Year in 1964, and was inducted into the Hamilton Sports and Ontario Aquatic Halls of Fame. Hamilton's Jimmy Thompson Memorial Swimming Pool carried his name. He died of cancer in 1966.[6]

His daughter Patty also became Olympic swimmer, whereas his son Robert competed in water polo.[6]

Canadian 4 × 200 m team at the 1928 Olympics, Thompson is likely second from left

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  1. ^ a b https://www.flickr.com/photos/-jm/5146601517
  2. ^ a b http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2BD7_FIRST_James_Gilmour_Thompson
  3. ^ a b Marriage Record (Archives of Ontario; Series: MS932; Reel: 706)
  4. ^ a b c d e Birth Certificate: Scotland's People GROS Ref B1906 282-04 172
  5. ^ Builder – Jimmy Thompson. swimontario.com
  6. ^ a b c James Thompson Archived 2013-11-05 at the Wayback Machine.. sports-reference.com

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