Ludy Langer

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Ludy Langer
Ludy Langer, Claire Galligan, Duke Kahanamoku c1920.jpg
Langer, Claire Galligan and Duke Kahanamoku, c. 1920. All three were later inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame
Personal information
Full name Ludwig Ernest Frank Langer
Nickname(s) "Ludy"
National team  United States
Born (1893-01-22)January 22, 1893
Los Angeles, California
Died July 5, 1984(1984-07-05) (aged 91)
Los Angeles, California
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 161 lb (73 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Hui Nalu Club

Ludwig Ernest Frank Langer (January 22, 1893 – July 5, 1984) was an American competition swimmer who competed in freestyle events. He was one of six Hawaii-based swimmers who competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics and collectively won seven medals. Langer won a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle, but failed to reach the final of the 1,500-meter freestyle.[1]

Domestically Langer won the 440-yard, 880-yard and one-mile freestyle events at the 1915 and 1916 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships. He won his seventh AAU title in 1921, beating Johnny Weissmuller in the 440-yard freestyle. By 1916 he held world records over 440-yard, 880-yard and one-mile distances, but could not compete in the Olympics due to World War I.[1]

In 1988 he was posthumously inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ a b Ludy Langer – Olympic athlete profile at
  2. ^ Ludy Langer (USA) – Honor Pioneer Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame

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