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Shane Gould

Full name: Shane Elizabeth Gould (-Innis)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: November 23, 1956 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Australian Shane Gould was a swimmer of phenomenal talent who became the first woman to hold the world freestyle record at every distance from 100 metres to 1,500 metres. She achieved this remarkable feat in December 1971, just three weeks after her fifteenth birthday. During her brief career, she broke or equaled 11 world records, and won 14 individual titles at the Australian national championships. She was so dominant and so heralded in the lead-up to the 1972 Munich Olympics, that the American swimmers took to wearing T-shirts bearing their motto, “All that glitters is not Gould!” At the 1972 Olympic Games she won the 200 metre and 400 metre freestyle and 200 metre individual medley, each in a new world record time, and, in addition to her three gold medals, she took the silver in the 800 metres and the bronze in the 100 metre freestyle. In 1973, at only 16 years old, she retired but during her brief career she had become one of the legends of the sport. In 2000, at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, she was one of several Australian female Olympians who carried the Olympic Flag.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 200 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 1 Gold WR
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 800 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 2 Silver
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Australia AUS 8
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 200 metres Individual Medley Australia AUS 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Final 3 59.06
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 59.20
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Round One Heat Six 1 QU/OR 59.44

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Final 1 WR 2:03.56
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Round One Heat Four 1 QU 2:07.95

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Final 1 WR 4:19.04
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:28.46

Women's 800 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Final 2 8:56.39
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Round One Heat Four 1 QU 9:10.84

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia AUS Final 8 4:04.82 1:01.00 4:04.81

Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Final 1 WR 2:23.07
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Australia Round One Heat Six 1 QU 2:26.44
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