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Chet Jastremski

Born: Jan 12, 1941

Death: May 3, 2014

Birthplace: Toledo

Nationality: United States

Chet Jastremski

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1941
Date of Death : May 3, 2014
Birth Place : Toledo

Chester Andrew "Chet" Jastremski was an American competition swimmer, Olympic medalist and world record-holder. 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 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 4x100-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.

Also known as


  • Chester Jastremski
  • Chester Andrew Jastremski
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