Tom Bruce

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American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, former world record-holder

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According to Wikipedia, Thomas Edwin Bruce was an American competitive swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. Bruce was a graduate of Marian A. Peterson High School in Sunnyvale, California. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles , where he swam for the UCLA Bruins swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association competition. He represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. At Munich, he won a silver medal in the men's 100-meter breaststroke, and also earned a gold medal swimming the breaststroke leg for the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay. Bruce, together with his relay teammates Mike Stamm , Mark Spitz and Jerry Heidenreich , set a new world record of 3:48.16.

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