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Kaye Hall

Born: May 15, 1951

Birthplace: Tacoma

Nationality: United States

Kaye Hall

Date of Birth : May 15, 1951
Birth Place : Tacoma

Kaye Marie Hall is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. Hall was born in Tacoma, Washington, and attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma. She trained with the Tacoma Swim Club with coach Dick Hannula. Hall made her international debut at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, where she won a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke behind Canadian gold medalist Elaine Tanner. In December 1967, she became the first woman to swim the 100-yard backstroke in under one minute. As a 17-year-old, she won two gold medals and a bronze medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. She won her first gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in women's 4x100-meter medley relay. Swimming the lead-off backstroke leg of the relay, she set a new Olympic record of 4:28.3 with American teammmates Catie Ball, Ellie Daniel, and Susan Pedersen. She won a second gold in individual competition, in the women's 100-meter backstroke, recording a new world record and besting Canadian Elaine Tanner by half a second.

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