Matthew BIONDI

United States of America USA

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    8 G
    2 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Los Angeles 1984
  • Year of Birth
    1965
Olympic Results

Biography

Matthew BIONDI

Exept for Matthew Biondi, the only other swimmers to have won seven golds at the Olympic Games are Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps.

False star

Biondi made an inauspicious start as a swimmer. In his first race, having taken up the sport aged five, he made two false starts and then lost his swimsuit on the dive. Far from daunted, he went on to become one of the all-time greats, winning 11 career Olympic medals.

Longer fingernails

In the 100m butterfly at the Seoul Olympic Games, Biondi was the favourite. However, he had to settle for second when he was beaten by just 0.01 seconds, by Anthony Nesty of Surinam. This led Biondi to reflect, "One one-hundredth of a second - what if I had grown my fingernails longer?"

Seoul success

Biondi successfully channelled his disappointment. He entered five more events, winning gold in all of them and setting world records in four. He took part in all three US relay victories and his total of seven swimming medals at a single Games has been beaten only by Michael Phelps.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Barcelona 1992

S
50 metres Freestyle
50 metres Freestyle Swimming
#5
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
G
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Seoul 1988

G
50 metres Freestyle
50 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
B
200 metres Freestyle
200 metres Freestyle Swimming
S
100 metres Butterfly
100 metres Butterfly Swimming
G
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
G
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
G
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Los Angeles 1984

G
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming