Dick Roth

Richard William Roth (born September 26, 1947) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events. He swam in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, where he won the gold medal for his first-place finish in the men's 400-meter individual medley, setting a new world record of 4:45.4 in the event final. Shortly before the individual medley final, Roth suffered an appendicitis, but refused an immediate operation. He insisted the surgeons delay to allow him to swim in the final, and won the gold medal as a result.[1]

Dick Roth
Dick Roth in 1964
Personal information
Full nameRichard William Roth
National teamUnited States
Born (1947-09-26) September 26, 1947
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
StrokesIndividual medley
ClubSanta Clara Swim Club
College teamStanford University

Roth attended Stanford University. He was a two-time individual NCAA champion for the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team, winning the 200- and 400-yard individual medley.

See also


  1. Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Dick Roth Archived 2011-05-19 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved march 13, 2015.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Dick Roth". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19.
  • Dick Roth (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
Preceded by
Gerhard Hetz
Men's 400-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

July 31, 1964 – April 3, 1968
Succeeded by
Andrei Dunayev
Preceded by
Edward Stickles
Men's 200-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

August 2, 1964 – July 24, 1966
Succeeded by
Greg Buckingham

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