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BIONDI Matthew
BIONDI Matthew

Matthew BIONDI

  • G 8
  • S 2
  • B 1

Member of an exclusive club

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.

Bigger and better

What set Biondi apart from other swimmers was his competitive edge. The bigger the event, the better he swam, and his best was always reserved for Olympic finals. In the 50m freestyle in Seoul, he won by defeating teammate Tom Jager for the first time in two years.

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Barcelona 1992-50 m Freestyle-BIONDI Matthew N. (USA) 2e and POPOV Aleksandr (EUN) 1st.
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USA 4x200 FREESTYLE RELAY TEAM

21 SEP 1988: MATT BIONDI (IN WATER) AND TROY DALBEY OF THE UNITED STATES PERFORM A HIGH FIVE AFTER CLAIMING VICTORY IN THE FINAL OF THE 4x200 METRE FREESTYLE RELAY AT THE 1988 SEOUL OLYMPICS. THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE WORLD RECORD BREAKING TEAM WERE MATTHEW CETLINSKI AND DOUGLAS GJERTSEN.
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SWIMMING RELAY TEAM USA OLYMPICS

21 SEP 1988: TROY DALBEY , MATTHEW CETLINSKI , DOUGLAS GJERTSEN AND MATT BIONDI , THE UNITED STATES 4x200 METRES FREESTYLE RELAY TEAM CELEBRATE AFTER WINNING THEIR GOLD MEDAL AT THE 1988 SEOUL OLYMPICS. THE USA WON THE GOLD IN A WORLD RECORD SETTING TIME OF 7:12.51 MINUTES.
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Seoul 1988 Swimming men 4x100m freestyle relay

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. Biondi successfully channelled his disappointment. He entered five more events, winning gold in all of them and setting world records in four. Watch his performance in the 4x100m freestyle relay!
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Seoul 1988-50 m Freestyle-BIONDI Matt (USA) 1st.
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Los Angeles 1984-BIONDI Matthew (USA) 1st.

Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 3:36.93
    Swimming
    4x100m medley relay men
    G 3:16.74
    Swimming
    4x100m freestyle relay men
    S 22.09
    Swimming
    50m freestyle men
  • B 1:47.99
    Swimming
    200m freestyle men
    G 22.14
    Swimming
    50m freestyle men
    G 7:12.51
    Swimming
    4x200m freestyle relay men
    G 3:16.53
    Swimming
    4x100m freestyle relay men
    G 48.63
    Swimming
    100m freestyle men
    S 53.01
    Swimming
    100m butterfly men
    G 3:36.93
    Swimming
    4x100m medley relay men
  • G 3:19.03
    Swimming
    4x100m freestyle relay men

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