Thompson Mann

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Thompson Mann
Bill Craig, Thompson Mann 1964.jpg
Mann (right) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Harold Thompson Mann
National team United States
Born (1942-12-01) December 1, 1942 (age 74)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club North Carolina Athletic Club
College team University of North Carolina

Harold Thompson Mann (born December 1, 1942) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, where he received a gold medal swimming for swimming the lead-off backstroke leg for the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Mann and his relay teammates Bill Craig (breaststroke), Fred Schmidt (butterfly) and Steve Clark set a new world record of 3:58.4 – and Mann set an individual world record in the 100-meter backstroke swimming his leg (59.6 seconds).[2]

In 1965 Mann won the national indoor and outdoor titles in both the 100 and 200 yd backstroke, setting a world's best time and American record over 100 yd. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1984,[3] and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thompson Mann.
  2. ^ "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Swimming" (Retrieved on April 29, 2008)
  3. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Thompson Mann (USA). Retrieved April 11, 2015.