By Brooke Ortale
ARLNGTON, Texas - The best athletes in the world take center stage over the next two weeks, with all eyes on Rio and the 2016 Olympic Games.
UT Arlington Athletics has been strongly represented at the Olympics over the years with record-breaking performances and memories that will last a lifetime. Throughout the running of the 2016 games, we will be highlighting former Mavericks that have made history, representing their countries in the world-renown event that only happens every four years.
Olympic Sport: Swimming
Participating in the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City, Mexico former Maverick swimmer Doug Russell will forever be etched in the record books, winning the first-ever gold medal awarded in the men's 100-meter butterfly. In the debut-event, Russell upset U.S teammate and favorite Mark Spitz.
Later in the games, Russell helped guide the U.S. to Olympic gold and set a new world record (3:54.9) in the 4x100-meter medly relay, swimming the butterfly leg in the race.
In 1985 Russell was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer".
Russell was a two-time All-American during his time at UTA and is a member of UTA's Hall of Honor.
A 1979 graduate of UTA, Larry Dowler competed in the 1976 Olympic Games, held in Montreal, Canada. Dowler represented the United States in the 100-meter backstroke, finishing ninth in the event.
Dowler was inducted into the UT Arlington Hall of Honor in 1998.
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