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Glenn Patching


Glenn Scott Patching (born 12th April 1958) was an Australian backstroke and freestyle swimmer of the 1970s and 1980s, who won the gold medal in the men's 100-metre backstroke event at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and well as a member of the 4x100m Olympic Gold medal winning medley team at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

Glenn also represented the University of Arizona at the collegiate level.


He represented Australia at two consecutive Summer Olympics in 1976 and 1980.


1976 Olympic Games Montreal (aged 18 years):


100m Backstroke - Gold 57.90sec

100m Freestyle - 6th in final 53.63sec.

200m Backstroke - Silver medal 2:05.76

4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Silver medal 3:28.62

4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Bronze medal 3:53.16


1980 Olympic Games Moscow (aged 22 years):


Glenn began competing in Masters swimming in 2003 and in 2015, broke two U.S. Masters Swimming national records at the Sprinters Spectacular in Tempe, Arizona.

Patching, (56), started with a 56.49 in the 100 backstroke, barely beating out the national record of 56.55 in the 55-59 age group. Patching then recorded a 26.05 in the 50 backstroke, erasing the 26.34 record from 2011.




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