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Lillian Watson

Born: Jul 11, 1950

Birthplace: Mineola

Profession: Tennis player

Nationality: United States

Lillian Watson

Date of Birth : Jul 11, 1950
Birth Place : Mineola

Lillian Debra Watson, commonly known by her family nickname "Pokey," is an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events. As a 14-year-old, she represented the United States at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Watson won a gold medal as a member of the first-place U.S. team in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay. She also swam the backstroke leg for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the women's 4x100-meter medley relay, but did not receive a second medal because only relay swimmers who competed in the event final were eligible under the 1964 rules. Four years later at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, she won a gold medal for her first-place performance in the women's 200-meter backstroke. Watson broke Dawn Fraser's six-year-old world record in the 200-meter freestyle on August 19, 1966, with a time of 2:10.5, and held the record for one year. She was part of several world record performances in relay events. Watson was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1984.


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