Robert Raymond Sohl (March 28, 1928 – April 8, 2001) was an American competition swimmer and Olympic medalist.

Bob Sohl
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Sohl at the University of Michigan in 1949.
Personal information
Full nameRobert Raymond Sohl
National team United States
Born(1928-03-28)March 28, 1928
York, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 8, 2001(2001-04-08) (aged 73)
Highland Beach, Florida
College teamUniversity of Michigan
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing the United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1948 London 200 m breaststroke

Sohl represented the United States at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, where he received a bronze medal for his third-place performance in the men's 200-meter breaststroke, finishing behind fellow Americans Joe Verdeur and Keith Carter, and completing an American sweep of the event. Verdeur, Carter and Sohl had finished in the same order at the 1948 U.S. Olympic Trials.[1] Although his time was recorded by the timekeepers to be 0.2s slower than the fourth-place finisher, John Davies of Australia, the judges believed that Sohl had touched first and awarded him the bronze.[2]

Sohl attended the University of Michigan, where he swam for the Michigan Wolverines swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1947 to 1949.

He died in Highland Beach, Florida in 2001, at the age of 73.

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  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games: Men's 200 metres breaststroke". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  2. ^ Page 124 1948 US Olympic Book-Report of the US Olympic Committee

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