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Jennie Fletcher

Full name: Jennie Fletcher (-Hyslop)
Gender: Female
Born: March 19, 1890 in Belgrave, Leicestershire, Great Britain
Died: January 17, 1968 in Teeswater, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Leicester Ladies Swimming Club
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Jennie Fletcher of Leicester Ladies SC won a bronze medal in the 100 metres freestyle at the 1912 Games to become Britain’s first woman Olympic swimming medalist. She later contributed an outstanding second leg in the relay which assured Great Britain of the gold medals and a new world record. One of 11 children in an underprivileged family, she was only able to train after working 12 hours a day, six days a week Despite their impoverished circumstances, her parents refused an offer for Jennie to tour as a professional with Annette Kellerman in 1907. She therefore remained an amateur, winning six ASA 100 yards freestyle titles between 1906 and 1912 and in 1909 setting a world record for the distance.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Final 3 1:27.0
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:27.2
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Two 2 QU 1:26.2

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1 WR 5:52.8
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