Duke Kahanamoku Dies of Heart Attack

Updated: November 3, 2005, 3:50 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

January 22, 1968

Duke Kahanamoku, a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming who became Hawaii's best-known citizen, dies of a heart attack in Honolulu. He was 77.

Duke popularized the American crawl stroke and was the first outstanding sprinter to swim with his head and shoulders high above the water.

He won the 100-meter freestyle in the 1912 and 1920 Olympics and finished second to Johnny Weissmuller in 1924 at the age of 33. As a member of the 4x200-meter U.S. freestyle ...

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