"You should have seen that little boy dash into the ocean.
He'd run like he was trying to commit suicide," Lenore Spitz told a reporter for Time in 1968.
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The following year, Mark set his first world record at a small California meet in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of .60, and emerged on the world swimming stage. He won five gold medals at the 1967 Pan American Games, setting a record that lasted until 2007 when Brazilian swimmer, Thiago Pereira, won six golds at the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Spitz was already the holder of ten world records, and he brashly predicted that he would win six gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
Disappointed in his 1968 Olympic performance, Spitz decided in January 1969 to attend Indiana University While at Indiana, Spitz won eight individual NCAA titles. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.