William Robinson (swimmer)

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William Robinson
Personal information
Full name William Walker Robinson
National team  Great Britain
Born (1870-06-23)23 June 1870
Airdrie, Scotland
Died 4 July 1940(1940-07-04) (aged 70)
Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke

William Walker Robinson (23 June 1870 – 4 July 1940) was a Scottish-born competition swimmer who represented Great Britain at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. Robinson swam in the men's 200-metre breaststroke, and came second for the silver medal with a time of 3:12.8.[1] He was 38 years old at the time of the 1908 Olympics, and was the oldest swimmer to win a medal in Olympic history for 100 years, until the 41-year-old American Dara Torres won three silver medals at the 2008 Olympics.[2]

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  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, William Robinson. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  2. ^ Emily Brandon, "Dara Torres: The Oldest Olympic Swimming Medalist in History Archived 2014-12-09 at the Wayback Machine.," U.S. News & World Report (13 August 2008). Retrieved 5 December 2014.

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