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Karen Margrethe Harup

Full name: Karen Margrethe Harup (-Petersen)
Gender: Female
Born: November 20, 1924 in Skovshoved, Gentofte, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Died: July 19, 2009 in Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Affiliations: DKG, København (DEN)
Country: DEN Denmark
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Karen Margrethe Harup is one of only two Danish athletes to win three Olympic medals at the same Games (the other being Anders Peter Nielsen). For Harup, the 1948 Olympics were the culmination of her career. Hampered by the Second World War, she could first display her talent internationally only in 1947. At the European Championships in Monaco, she won three gold medals, in the 400 m freestyle, the 100 m backstroke and the 4 x 100 m relay. She would medal in the exact same events in London, winning the backstroke and placing second in the other two distances. When Harup retired the following year, she had amassed 30 Danish titles and had set two world records (both in relay events). This earned her a spot in the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in which she was inducted in 1975. Harup remained a swimmer her entire life, coaching swimmers of all ages well into her seventies.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Denmark DEN 4
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Denmark DEN 2 Silver
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Denmark DEN 2 Silver
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke Denmark DEN 1 Gold OR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark Final 4 1:08.1
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 QC 1:08.7
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark Round One Heat Three 2 QU 1:08.4

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark Final 2 5:21.2
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 5:25.7
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark Round One Heat One 1 QU 5:31.7

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark DEN Final 2 4:29.6

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark Final 1 OR 1:14.4
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 1:15.5
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Denmark Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 1:15.6