MONTGOMERY Jim (1953) United States / Swimming
Montgomery will remain forever in the annals of Olympic swimming for being the first to complete the 100 m freestyle in under 50 seconds.That is how he won the gold at Montreal in 1976, just as his rival, South African Jonty Skinner, did even better in a local competition. Luckily for Montgomery, South Africa was still excluded from Olympic and international sport at the time. The Wisconsin-born swimmer subsequently won two more gold medals, one with the American 4x200m freestyle team, the other in the 4x100m medley.He would also be the seven-times world champion. His glory was anything other than fleeting.