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Charles Daniels

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Charles Meldrum Daniels (24 March 1885 in Dayton, Ohio – 9 August 1973) was an American open water swimmer.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

  • He was an 8th-time Olympic medalist and world record-holder in two freestyle swimming events.
  • He was an innovator of the front crawl swimming style, inventing the "American crawl".
  • He began his swimming career with the New York Athletic Club in 1903.
  • At the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Games in Missouri, he became the first American to win an Olympic medal, winning gold medals in both the 220-yard and 440-yard freestyle races.
  • At the 1908 London Olympics, he won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle.
  • He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 1965.

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