Michigan in the Olympics


1964 - Tokyo

Ginny Duenkel
Ginny Duenkel
Dick Kimball
Dick Kimball
Ginny Duenkel, winner of a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle and bronze in the 100 meter backstroke, didn't enroll at U of M until after the 1964 games. She went on to win three women's collegiate backstroke championships while competing for the U of M Women's Athletic Association. team. In the 400 meter race Duenkel defeated four former world record holders.

Dick Kimball made his first appearance as U.S. diving coach at the Tokyo games and had three Wolverine divers in the competition.

Bob Webster won his second gold medal in platform diving for the U.S. Alvaro Gaxiola made his second Olympic appearance for Mexico and John Candler represented Great Britain in three meter diving. Carl Robie earned a silver medal in the 200 meter butterfly and showed his versatility with a 4th place finish in the 400 meter individual medley. William Farley, who later became U of M swimming coach, finished 4th in the 1500 meter freestyle. Carlos Canepa, who swam for U of M 1963-1964, represented Peru in three events.

Bob Webster  Alvar Gaxiola John Candler Carl Robie
Bob Webster, Alvaro Gaxiola, John Candler, Carl Robie

William Farley
William Farley

Tom Robinson again qualified for the Bahamian team in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. He finished 3rd in his 100 meter semi-final heat with a time of :10.2 , but could only manage a :10.5 for 8th place in the finals. Robinson did not race in the 200 meters. Kent Bernard, twice Big Ten champion in the 440, ran the third leg on Trinidad-Tobago's 4x400 meter relay. Their time of 3:01.7 broke the world record, but was only good enough for a third place behind the U.S. Bernard also advanced to the semi-finals of the 400 meter race. Austria's Ernst Soudek, who competed for U of M, 1962-1964, did not make the qualifying distance in the discus. Two U of M athletes competed for Canada. George Puce, a letterwinner in 1963, did not place in the shot put. Cliff Nuttal, 1963 Big Ten hurdles champion, failed to make the finals in the 110 meter high hurdles.

Tom Robinson  Kent Bernard  Ernst Soudek
Tom Robinson, Kent Bernard, Ernst Soudek

Gil Larose, parallel bars
Gil Larose

Gymnast Gil Larose, 1963 NCAA all-around champion, competed for Canada.

Jim Kerr, who won three letters in swimming 1960-62, was an alternate on the U.S. modern pentathlon team.


Marcia Jones Smoke
Marcia Jones Smoke
Marcia Jones Smoke, who attended U of M 1960-1962 before finishing her degree at Michigan State, became the first Michigan medalist in kayaking, winning a bronze in the 500 meter singles event. This was the first of three Olympic appearances for Smoke. Andras Toro was a member of the Hungarian canoe team. After finishing fourth in the 1000 meter singles event, Toro defected to the United States. He came to Ann Arbor to enroll in the English Language Institute and then in the College of Engineering. Toro later earned a place on the 1972 U.S. Olympic team.

Emory Clark, who would earn a law degree from U-M in 1972, was the fifth seat in Philadelphia's Vesper Boat Club eight that captured gold in Tokyo. A Detroit native, Clark attended Yale and was captain of the 1960 Eli crew team. Clark, who was on leave from the Marine Corps, joined with some veteran Schuylkill club oarsmen and recent Ivy Leaguers to defeat a heavily favored Harvard squad at the U.S. trials. After finishing second in their qualifying heat, the U.S. eight won its repechage and then defeated the German team by more than 3 seconds in the finals.


The U-M Results - 1964

Ginny Duenkel
   400 m. freestyle relay1st
   100 m. backstroke3rd
Bob Webster
   platform diving1st
Carl Robie
   200 m. butterfly2nd, 2:07.5
   400 m. ind. medley4th, 4:51.4
William Farley
   1500 meter freestyle4th, 17:18.2
John Candler (Great Britain)
   3 meter diving9th
Alvaro Gaxiola (Mexico)
   3 meter diving15th
   platform diving18th
Carlos Canepa (Peru)
   400 meter Freestyledid not place
   200 meter butterflydid not place
    4x100 freestyle relaydid not place
Tom Robinson (Bahamas)
   100 meters8th
   200 metersscratched in first round
Kent Bernard (Trinidad-Tobago)
   4x100 m. relay3rd, 3:07.1
Ernst Soudek (Austria)
   discusdid not place
George Puce (Canada)
   shot putdid not place
Cliff Nuttall (Canada)
   110 meter hurdlesdid not place
Gil Larose (Canada)
   gymnasticsdid not place
Jim Kerr
    modern pentathlonalternate, did not compete
Marcia Jones Smoke
   kayak, 500 m. singles3rd
Andras Toro (Hungary)
   canoe, 1000 m. singles4th
Emory Clark
   rowing - eights1st

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