Bob Skelton (swimmer)

Robert Danforth Skelton (June 25, 1903 – June 25, 1977) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Bob Skelton
Ralph Breyer, Bob Skelton, Johnny Weissmuller, c. 1925
Personal information
Full nameRobert Danforth Skelton
National team United States
Born(1903-06-25)June 25, 1903
Wilmette, Illinois
DiedJune 25, 1977(1977-06-25) (aged 74)
Houston, Texas
ClubIllinois Athletic Club
College teamNorthwestern 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.

See also


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Bob Skelton". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  • Robert Skelton (USA) – Honor Pioneer Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame

Preceded by

Erich Rademacher
Men's 200-meter breaststroke
world record-holder (long course)

March 21, 1924 – April 7, 1924
Succeeded by

Erich Rademacher

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