Jean Taris

Jean Charles Émile Taris (6 July 1909 10 January 1977) was a French swimmer who competed at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics.

Jean Taris
Jean Taris in 1929
Personal information
Born6 July 1909
Versailles, France
Died10 January 1977 (aged 67)
Grasse, France
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
ClubSCUF, Paris
CN Paris

In 1928, he was eliminated in the heats of the 4×200 m freestyle relay and 1500 m freestyle. In 1932 he won a silver medal in the 400 m freestyle, 0.1 seconds behind Buster Crabbe,[1] and finished sixth in the 1500 m freestyle. In 1936 he placed fourth in the 4×200 m freestyle relay and sixth in the 400 m freestyle.[2]

Taris was the subject of Jean Vigo's short film Jean Taris, Swimming Champion in 1930. He won two European titles in 1934, and finished second in the 400 m freestyle in 1931, 0.2 seconds behind István Bárány. In 1984 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. During his career Taris set 7 world and 49 national records, and won 34 national titles. He won the Seine river 8 km race four times.[1]

See also


  1. Jean Taris.
  2. "Jean Taris". Archived from the original on 2011-08-11.

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