Debbie MEYER

United States of America USA

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Mexico City 1968
  • Year of Birth
    1952
Olympic Results

Biography

Debbie MEYER

Debbie Meyer became the first female swimmer to collect three individual gold medals at the same Games when she won the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events at Mexico City 1968, a unique treble that has not been repeated since.

Four days in Mexico City

On 20 October 1968 a blonde-haired, blue-eyed high school student by the name of Debbie Meyer took her place on the starting platform for the 400m freestyle final at the Mexico City Games. Four minutes, 31 seconds and eight hundredths later, the teenager from Sacramento, California, had won gold and set an Olympic record, having lead all the way to finish a full four seconds clear of her compatriot Linda Gustafsson.

Two days later she posted the fastest time in the 800m freestyle heats before going on to win the 200m freestyle final in a time of 2:10.5, another Olympic record, with Jan Henne and Jane Barkman coming home less than a second later to complete an American one-two-three.

Then on 24 October the 16-year-old shrugged off an upset stomach to cruise to gold in the 800m freestyle final, setting her third Olympic record in a time of 9:24.0, over 11 seconds faster than the silver medallist, fellow American Pam Kruse. To this day, no other swimmer has matched her hat-trick of Olympic freestyle titles.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Mexico City 1968

G
200 metres Freestyle
200 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
800 metres Freestyle
800 metres Freestyle Swimming