Mike BURTON

United States of America USA

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Mexico City 1968
  • Year of Birth
    1947
Olympic Results

Biography

Mike BURTON

The son of a truck driver, Michael Jay Burton's swimming career began when, at the age of thirteen, he was hit head-on by a truck while bicycling.

After spending eight weeks in a hospital with a dislocated hip and torn ligaments in his right leg, he was told that swimming was the only sport he could pursue. Burton qualified for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics in two events.

The day before the qualifying heats for the 400m, Burton woke up feeling nauseated and later fainted in an elevator in the Olympic Village. He qualified anyway.

In the final, Burton took charge before the halfway mark and pulled away to win by more than 2 ½ seconds. Three days later, Burton, now fully recovered, won the 1,500m by 18.4 seconds, a margin of victory that has not been matched since.

Burton returned to the Olympics in 1972 to defend his 1,500m title. This time, he moved ahead of Graham Windeatt of Australia after 1,200m and just barely set a world record to secure the third gold medal of his career.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

G
1,500 metres Freestyle
1,500 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Mexico City 1968

G
1,500 metres Freestyle
1,500 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming