Jeff Farrell

Jeff Farrell

Jeff Farrell
Molly Botkin and Jeff Farrell (right) at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Felix Jeffery Farrell
Nickname(s) "Jeff"
National team  United States
Born (1937-02-28) February 28, 1937
Detroit, Michigan
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Santa Barbara Swim Club
College team Yale University

Felix Jeffrey Farrell (born February 28, 1937) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in multiple relay events.

Farrell won a gold medal in the men's 100-meter freestyle at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago. In 1960, six days after having an appendectomy, Farrell qualified at the U.S. Olympic Trials.[1] He competed at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where he received gold medals as a member of the winning U.S. teams in the 4×100-meter medley relay and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[2]

Farrell is a multiple United States Masters Swimming world-record holder, and has held the fastest national times in his age group in dozens of events over past decades.[3] He was photographed for and featured in ESPN's "The Body" issue in 2010.[1]

Farrell was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968,[4] and the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2011.[5] He is the only swimmer to be inducted in both halls.

Farrell is still swimming recreationally. He was setting world records for Masters Swimming up until 2011.[6] He has written a book about his Olympic experiences titled My Olympic Story, Rome 1960.[7]

He lives in Montecito, Santa Barbara, California with his wife. He has two adult children and one grandchild. He continues to sell real estate with Coldwell Banker in the Santa Barbara Area.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b ESPN Magazine The Body Issue 2010 – Jeff Farrell (the17thman). (2010-10-07). Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  2. ^ "1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy– Swimming" – (Retrieved on April 30, 2008)
  3. ^ All American Listings for Jeff Farrell. Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  4. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Jeff Farrell (USA). Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Jeff Farrell (USA). Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  6. ^ Stories about USMS Swimmers – Jeff Farrell. (1998-05-03). Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  7. ^ Home. Vintage Team Press. Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  8. ^ Find Real Estate & Homes For Sale – Retrieved on 2015-10-19.

External links

  • Jeff Farrell – Biography at
  • Jeff Farrell – Olympic athlete profile at
  • Jeff Farrell (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame