Chester Andrew Jastremski (January 12, 1941 – May 3, 2014) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic medalist and world record-holder.
Jastremski in 1963
|Full name||Chester Andrew Jastremski|
|National team||United States|
|Born||January 12, 1941|
|Died||May 3, 2014 73) (aged|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg)|
|Strokes||Breaststroke, individual medley|
|Club||Bloomington Swim Club|
|College team||Indiana University|
Jastremski attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he swam for Doc Counsilman's Indiana Hoosiers swimming and diving team. He and Counsilman invented the "whip kick" to replace the frog kick, previously used in the breaststroke. The whip kick minimized drag and accentuated Jastremski's very powerful shoulders and upper arms. Over the years, the original whip kick (done from the knee to feet) morphed into the breaststroke kick that uses the entire leg. He was featured on the January 29, 1962 cover of Sports Illustrated.
At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Jastremski represented the United States. He won the bronze medal in the men's 200-meter breaststroke, finishing with a third-place time of 2:29.6. He again qualified for the U.S. team for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, and swam for the winning American team in the preliminary heats of the men's 4×100-meter medley relay. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1977, and the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jastremski received his medical degree from Indiana University in 1968. He was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic medical team. He served as a family practice physician for 35 years before rheumatoid arthritis led him to retire. He practiced medicine in Bloomington, Indiana, and frequently visited the Indiana University swim team throughout the years.
He died on May 3, 2014, aged 73, in Bloomington, after battling cancer, arthritis, and Parkinson's disease.
- List of members of the International Swimming Hall of Fame
- List of Indiana University (Bloomington) people
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (men)
- World record progression 100 metres breaststroke
- World record progression 200 metres breaststroke
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres medley relay
- Chet Jastremski at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
- Chet Jastremski (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
- Chet Jastremski – Archive video at International Swimming Hall of Fame at the Wayback Machine (archived 2011-06-16)
- Sports Illustrated