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John Frederick Hencken (born May 29, 1954) is an American former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. Hencken won five Olympic medals during his career, including three golds. At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, he won a gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke and a bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke. Four years later at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, Hencken won gold medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and 4×100-meter medley relay, and a silver in the 200-meter breaststroke.[1]

John Hencken
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Personal information
Full nameJohn Frederick Hencken
National teamUnited States
Born (1954-05-29) May 29, 1954 (age 65)
Culver City, California
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
ClubSanta Clara Swim Club
College teamStanford University

During his career Hencken set 21 American and 13 world records. He graduated from Stanford in general engineering and product design, and completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix.[2]

1972 graduate of Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA

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  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, John Hencken Archived 2012-01-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  2. ^ John Hencken (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame