John Hencken

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John Hencken
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Personal information
Full name John Frederick Hencken
National team  United States
Born (1954-05-29) May 29, 1954 (age 61)
Culver City, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Santa Clara Swim Club
College team Stanford 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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, John Hencken. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  2. ^ John Hencken (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame

Preceded by
Marvin L. Cobb
Archie Griffin
Bruce A. Hamming
P. Timothy Moore
John M. Sciarra
NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1977
Jeff Dankworth
Randolph H. Dean
Steve Furniss
John Hencken
Gerald G. Huesken
Succeeded by
Michael J. Bourdeau
Daniel R. Mackesey
John Naber
Gifford Nielsen
Bryan L. Rodgers