Bob Skelton (swimmer)
Robert Danforth Skelton (June 25, 1903 – June 25, 1977) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.
|Full name||Robert Danforth Skelton|
|Born||June 25, 1903|
|Died||June 25, 1977 74) (aged|
|Club||Illinois Athletic Club|
|College team||Northwestern University|
Skelton competed at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, where he won a gold medal in the men's 200-meter breaststroke event. Skelton finished in 2:56.6, decisively defeating Belgian swimmer Joseph De Combe (2:59.2), and fellow American Bill Kirschbaum (3:01.0).
Skelton was born in Wilmette, Illinois. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he swam for the Northwestern Wildcats swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. He was the first American to set a world record for the 200-meter breaststroke.
He died in Houston, Texas in 1977; he was 74 years old.
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Bob Skelton". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
- Robert Skelton (USA) – Honor Pioneer Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
| Men's 200-meter breaststroke
world record-holder (long course)
March 21, 1924 – April 7, 1924