Patty Kempner

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Patty Kempner
Personal information
Full namePatricia Kempner
National teamUnited States
Born (1942-08-24) August 24, 1942 (age 76)
Augusta, Georgia
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight123 lb (56 kg)
StrokesBreaststroke, individual medley
ClubKristensen Swim School

Patricia Kempner (born August 24, 1942) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events.

On April 27, 1957, she became the first woman to set an official world record in the 200-meter individual medley, clocking 2:48.2 at a swim meet in Chicago, Illinois. The record would survive for over a year.

At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, she won a gold medal by swimming the breaststroke leg for the first-place U.S. team in the women's 4×100-meter medley relay, together with teammates Lynn Burke (backstroke), Carolyn Schuler (butterfly), and Chris von Saltza (freestyle). The U.S medley relay team set a new world record in the event final of 4:41.1. Individually, she also competed in the women's 200-meter breaststroke, finishing seventh in the event final.[1]

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  1. ^ "Patty Kempner". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-07.

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Preceded by
Women's 200-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

April 27, 1957 – July 20, 1958
Succeeded by
Becky Collins