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Dawn Fraser

Full name: Dawn Lorraine Fraser
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: September 4, 1937 in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: ?, New South Wales, (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 4 Gold, 4 Silver (8 Total)

Biography

Australia’s Dawn Fraser is considered the greatest female sprint swimmer ever. She won eight Olympic medals, with four gold and four silver medals at the Games of 1956, 1960 and 1964, including three successive golds in the 100 metres freestyle, a record for any Olympic swimming event (since equalled by Hungary’s Krisztina Egerszegi). She was denied the opportunity of adding to her medal total when she received a lengthy suspension following misbehavior at the 1964 Games. She set 27 individual and 12 relay world records. On 27 October 1962 in Melbourne, she recorded a time of 59.9 seconds for the 100 metre freestyle, which made her the first woman to swim the sprint distance in under one minute. She was wildly popular in Australia, where a daffodil, a rose, and an orchid were named after her, and the Elkington Park Baths in Sydney were later renamed the Dawn Fraser Pool. In 1988 Fraser was selected as Australia’s greatest female athlete. In that same year she was elected to the New South Wales Parliament where she represented the seat of Balmain until 1991.

Results

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Australia Final 1 WR 1:02.0
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:03.0
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Australia Round One Heat Five 1 QU/OR 1:02.4
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Australia Final 1 OR 1:01.2
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/OR 1:01.4
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Australia Round One Heat Two 1 QU 1:02.1
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Australia Final 1 OR 59.5
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 59.9
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Australia Round One Heat Five 1 QU/OR 1:00.6

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Australia Final 2 5:02.5
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Australia Round One Heat Three 1 QU/OR 5:02.5
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Australia Final 5 4:58.5
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Australia Round One Heat Three 3 QU 4:57.6
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Australia Final 4 4:47.6
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Australia Round One Heat Four 2 QU 4:52.2

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1956 Summer 19 Melbourne Swimming Australia AUS Final 1 WR 4:17.1 1:04.0 1:04.0
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Australia AUS Final 2 4:11.3 1:00.6 1:00.6
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Australia AUS Final 2 4:06.9 58.6 4:06.9

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Australia AUS Final 2 4:45.9 1:01.3 4:45.9
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Australia AUS Round One Heat One 4 4:52.3 1:01.3 4:52.3
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