U.S. Olympic Swimming Legend Adolph Kiefer Has Died, Aged 98

Kiefer won the 100-meter backstroke at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Adolph Kiefer, winner of the 1936 Olympic gold medal for the men's 100m backstroke, raises his arms before the medal ceremoney during the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska, June 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SWIMMING SPORT OLYMPICS)

Reuters) – Swimming legend Adolph Kiefer, who had been the oldest living U.S. Olympic gold medalist in any sport, died on Friday at his home in Illinois at age 98, the International Swimming Hall of Fame said.

Kiefer won the 100-meter backstroke at the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a 17 year old in an Olympic record time that stood for 20 years.

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