Sharon Wichman

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Sharon Wichman
Personal information
Full name Sharon Lynn Wichman
National team United States
Born (1952-05-13) May 13, 1952 (age 64)
Detroit, Michigan
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 132 lb (60 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Club Olympia

Sharon Lynn Wichman (born May 13, 1952), also known her married name Sharon Jones, is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic champion.

She represented the United States as a 16-year-old at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, having qualified to compete in both breaststroke events.[1] Wichman received a gold medal for winning the women's 200-meter breaststroke (2:44.4), beating Đurđica Bjedov of Yugoslavia by two seconds.[2] She also received a bronze medal for her third place in the women's 100-meter breaststroke (1:16.1), finishing behind Bjedov (1:15.8) and Soviet swimmer Galina Prozumenshchikova (1:15.9).[3]

Wichman was born in Detroit, Michigan,[1] and graduated in 1970 from R. Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She married David Jones in 1973, and lives in nearby Churubusco, Indiana. She has two sons.[4]

She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1991.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Sharon Wichman. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games, Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Final. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games, Women's 100 metres Breaststroke Final. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Sharon Wichman became the first Fort Wayne athlete to earn an Olympic gold medal at the 1968 Summer Games," The News-Sentinel. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  5. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Sharon Wichman (USA). Retrieved September 9, 2015.

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