With 49.99 seconds in the 100 meters, the American went down in the history of the Olympic Games, in Montreal.
With his 1.91 meters in height and a devastating stroke, the Largo Jim Montgomery rose in one of the most brilliant figures of the Olympic Games in Montreal 76, where he managed to be champion in the 100 meters test. In addition, he broke the world record after timing 49.99 seconds, also obtaining the bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1.50.58 seconds. By teams, Montgomery was part of the United States team, which won two gold medals: in the 4×200 meters, ahead of the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom, and in the 4×100 meters styles, ahead of Canada and West Germany. In this way, the North American fulfilled his dream of being the fastest swimmer on the planet with those fantastic 49.99, becoming the first athlete to break the 50-meter barrier with that record.