Tribute To Debbie Meyer 50 Years On: Memories Of Momentum & Magnitude

Debbie Meyer - the first and only woman to win three solo Olympic freestyle titles - images, stills from the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Sacramento Hall of Fame

What a summer it was for Debbie Meyer, one of the all-time greats of swimming: 1967. It started with a world record of 9:35.8 over 800m free for the American on July 9, 1967, on the way to an 18:11.1 pioneering mark over 1500m.  That 800m mark would be reduced to 9:22.9 just 20 days later, two days after she had set her first 400m global standard, on 4:32.6, a 4:29.0 following 22 days later.  To polish of a record-breaking run of  six global standards in less than six weeks, Meyer  delivered the first sub-18mins effort over 30 laps: 17:50.2, this weekend 50 years ago over 30 laps. As a tribute to Meyer this weekend, we recall a meeting with her 10 years ago this month at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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What a summer it was for Debbie Meyer, one of the all-time greats of swimming: 1967. It started with a world record of 9:35.8 over 800m free for the American on July 9, 1967, on the way to an 18:11.1 pioneering mark over 1500m.  That 800m mark would be reduced to 9:22.9 just 20 days later, two days after she had set her first 400m global standard, on 4:32.6, a 4:29.0 following 22 days later.  To polish of a record-breaking run of  six global standards in less than six weeks, Meyer  delivered the first sub-18mins effort over 30 laps: 17:50.2, this weekend 50 years ago over 30 laps. As a tribute to Meyer this weekend, we recall a meeting with her 10 years ago this month at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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