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Elenor Gordon-McKay

Full name: Helen Orr "Elenor" Gordon-McKay
Gender: Female
Born: May 10, 1933 in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Great Britain
Died: July 5, 2014 in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Hamilton Baths ASC, Hamilton (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Elenor Gordon learnt to swim at Hamilton Baths where her father worked as a lifeguard.

She was first chosen to compete for Great Britain at 15 years of age at the 1948 London Olympic where she was the youngest member of the home team. Gordon went on to become Commonwealth Games champion for Scotland over 200 m breaststroke in 1950 and was established as one of the world's best breaststrokers by the time she went to her 2nd Olympics in Helsinki. In Finland, she was the only swimmer to break Hungarian domination as she narrowly defeated Klára Killermann to win the bronze medal behind two further Hungarian swimmers. She retained her Commonwealth title in 1954 whilst adding a relay gold to her achievements and was a finalist at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. Gordon retired from swimming shortly afterwards to raise a family and was banned from the sport after the acceptance of a £5 fee from a television appearance made her a professional in the eyes of the Scottish Swimming Association. Forty years later she made a successful return to the sport winning world titles and setting world records in the over 60 age group. Towards the end of her life she was confined to a wheelchair with a degenerative spinal condition.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 15 London Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Great Britain GBR 8 h2 r2/3
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Great Britain GBR 6

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 15 London Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 8 3:15.8
1948 Summer 15 London Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 4 QU 3:13.3
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming Great Britain Final 3 2:57.6
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 2:57.8
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 1 QU 2:58.6
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming Great Britain Final 6 2:56.1
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat One 3 QU 2:55.4
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