Jeff Farrell

Felix Jeffrey Farrell (born February 28, 1937) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in multiple relay events.

Jeff Farrell
Farrell in 1960
Personal information
Full nameFelix Jeffery Farrell
National teamUnited States
Born (1937-02-28) February 28, 1937
Detroit, Michigan
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
ClubSanta Barbara Swim Club
College teamYale University

Farrell won a gold medal in the men's 100-meter freestyle at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago. In 1960, six days after having an appendectomy, Farrell qualified at the U.S. Olympic Trials.[1] He competed at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where he received gold medals as a member of the winning U.S. teams in the 4×100-meter medley relay and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[2]

Farrell is a multiple United States Masters Swimming world-record holder, and has held the fastest national times in his age group in dozens of events over past decades.[3] He was photographed for and featured in ESPN's "The Body" issue in 2010.[1]

Farrell was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968,[4] and the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2011.[5] He is the only swimmer to be inducted in both halls.

Farrell is still swimming recreationally. He was setting world records for Masters Swimming up until 2011.[6] He has written a book about his Olympic experiences titled My Olympic Story, Rome 1960.[7]

He lives in Montecito, Santa Barbara, California with his wife. He has two adult children and one grandchild. He continues to sell real estate with Coldwell Banker in the Santa Barbara Area.[8]

See also


  1. ESPN Magazine The Body Issue 2010 – Jeff Farrell (the17thman). (2010-10-07). Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  2. "1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy– Swimming" Archived 2007-09-04 at the Wayback (Retrieved on April 30, 2008)
  3. All American Listings for Jeff Farrell. Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  4. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Jeff Farrell (USA). Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  5. Jeff Farrell (USA). Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  6. Stories about USMS Swimmers – Jeff Farrell. (1998-05-03). Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  7. Home. Vintage Team Press. Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  8. Find Real Estate & Homes For Sale – Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  • Jeff Farrell – Biography at
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jeff Farrell". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19.
  • Jeff Farrell (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
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