John Hencken

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John Hencken
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Personal information
Full nameJohn Frederick Hencken
National teamUnited States
Born (1954-05-29) May 29, 1954 (age 65)
Culver City, California
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
ClubSanta Clara Swim Club
College teamStanford University

John Frederick Hencken (born May 29, 1954) is an American former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. Hencken won five Olympic medals during his career, including three golds. At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, he won a gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke and a bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke. Four years later at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, Hencken won gold medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and 4×100-meter medley relay, and a silver in the 200-meter breaststroke.[1]

During his career Hencken set 21 American and 13 world records. He graduated from Stanford in general engineering and product design, and completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix.[2]

1972 graduate of Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA

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  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, John Hencken Archived 2012-01-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  2. ^ John Hencken (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame