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Matthew Gribble, 41, top swimmer

MIAMI -- Matthew Gribble, an Olympic swimmer who once held the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, has died in a car crash. He was 41.

Mr. Gribble, an All-American at the University of Miami, was killed March 21 when another driver struck his car head-on as he was returning from the county fair with his son, Miami-Dade police said Friday.

Mr. Gribble's 3 1/2-year-old son, Trahern, was listed in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, officials said Friday.

Mr. Gribble won two NCAA titles at Miami, a gold medal at the 1982 World Games in Ecuador, and set a world record for the 100-meter butterfly in 1983. He also won three gold medals at the 1983 Pan American Games.

He was a member of the US Olympic teams in 1980 and 1984. The 1980 team did not compete after President Carter pulled the United States out of the Moscow games. Mr. Gribble battled back problems in the '84 Los Angeles games and never made it out of the preliminary round.

Last August, at a restaurant in Coral Gables, Fla., he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his world record.

"Matt never had an opportunity to shine on the Olympic stage," former Miami coach Bill Diaz said.

"But he is still somebody that deserves to be entered in the city of Miami's Hall of Fame. He's one of the greatest swimmers to come out of this city."

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