Alexander Timothy MCKEE

United States of America USA

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    3 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Munich 1972
  • Year of Birth
    1953
Olympic Results

Biography

Alexander Timothy MCKEE

Tim McKee missed a gold medal by the smallest margin in Olympic history. In the 400 IM, he and Sweden's Gunnar Larsson apparently tied for first when the electronic timing clocked them both at 4:31.98 secs. But the timing was sensitive enough to measure to thousandths of a second and Larsson's 4:31.981 defeated McKee's 4:31.983 – a margin of 2/1,000ths of a second. This episode caused a change in international rules, as McKee's defeat was by less than the amount a fingernail grows over several weeks. In fact, it was determined that McKee could actually have lost had the paint on the wall in his lane been applied slightly too thin. In addition to his three Olympic silver medals, Tim McKee, who attended the University of Florida, won a silver medal in the 200 m backstroke at the 1971 Pan American Games.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Montreal 1976

S
400 metres Individual Medley
400 metres Individual Medley Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

#5
200 metres Backstroke
200 metres Backstroke Swimming
S
200 metres Individual Medley
200 metres Individual Medley Swimming
S
400 metres Individual Medley
400 metres Individual Medley Swimming