Fact of the Day
Dec 17, 1998
SWIMMER WINS OLYMPIC GOLD BY A GNAT'S EYEBROW
At the Munich Olympics, August 31, 1972, Sweden's Gunnar Larsson beat Tim McKee of the U.S. by 2000th of a second to clinch the 400 I.M. Gold Medal in what was probably the closest swimming final in Olympic history.
The two swimmers looked up to see the coveted number "1" opposite both their names. Each thought he had won...but not so. The electronic timing system showed an initial time of 4min. 31.98secs. for both athletes. But, to everyone's surprise, not least of all the two swimmers, the timing system resolutely carried on to thousandths of a second and flashed Larsson's time as 4:31.981 and McKee's time as 4:31.983.