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SPITZ Mark
SPITZ Mark

Mark SPITZ

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Mark Spitz is one of the greatest swimmers of all time. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Games.

Prediction backfires

American Mark Spitz had brashly predicted that he would win six gold medals at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Although he did take home two gold medals from the relays, he performed well below expectations in his individual races. He was third in the 100m freestyle, second in the 100m butterfly and last in the final of the 200m butterfly.

Seven golds

At the 1972 Munich Games, Spitz was determined to make up for his below-par performances four years earlier. He did not disappoint. Over a period of eight days, Mark Spitz entered seven events, won all seven and set a world record in every one.

Long-lasting record

Mark Spitz held the record for most gold medals won at a single Olympic Games for 36 years. It was finally broken by American phenomenon Michael Phelps who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Mark Spitz (USA)

American swimmer Mark Spitz on the top step of the podium for the 100m butterfly. In all, Spitz won no fewer than seven gold medals at the Olympic Games in Munich: in the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley and the 4x200m freestyle relay. Mark Spitz held the record for the largest number of gold medals won at a single edition of the Games for 36 years. ©Keystone
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Election of the host city for the Games of the XXVIIIth Olympiad in 2004 : Mark SPITZ, Stefan EDBERG, B. BARON
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Election of the host city for the Games of 2004 : MarkSPITZ, Stefan EDBERG and Bengt BARON, STOCKHOLM.
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Election of the host city for the Games of the XXVIIIth Olympiad in 2004 : Mark SPITZ,Stefan EDBERG, B. BARON
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Golden Spitz

September 1972: Mark Spitz faces the press, after a medal presentation at the Olympic Games in Munich. He won seven gold medals for swimming in the Games. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Mark Spitz At 1972 Summer Olympics

American swimmer Mark Spitz carries his towel and jacket back to Olympic Village after setting a world record in the 4x200m freestyle relay to win his fifth gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics, Munich, West Germany, September 1, 1972. Spitz went on to win a total of seven gold medals, a record for one Olympic Games, all in world record time. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 3:26.42
    Aquatics
    4x100m freestyle relay men
    G 3:48.16
    Aquatics
    4x100m medley relay men
    G 54.27
    Aquatics
    100m butterfly men
    G 51.22
    Aquatics
    100m freestyle men
    G 1:52.78
    Aquatics
    200m freestyle men
    G 2:00.70
    Aquatics
    200m butterfly men
    G 7:35.78
    Aquatics
    4x200m freestyle relay men
  • B 53.0
    Aquatics
    100m freestyle men
    G 3:31.7
    Aquatics
    4x100m freestyle relay men
    S 56.4
    Aquatics
    100m butterfly men
    G 7:52.3
    Aquatics
    4x200m freestyle relay men

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