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Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher

Full name: Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher
Other name(s): Irma Heyting-Schuhmacher
Gender: Female
Born: February 24, 1925 in Ginneken en Bavel, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Died: January 8, 2014 in Berkeley Vale, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: RDZ, Rotterdam (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

One of the top European female freestyle swimmers right after the World War II, Irma Schuhmacher (later Heijting) competed at four major international tournaments during her career – at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics and at the 1947 and 1950 European Championships. The high point of her career was probably at the 1950 European Championships, where she won golds in the 100 m freestyle and 4x100 m freestyle relay and silver in the 400 freestyle. At the 1947 European Championships, Schuhmacher won 4x100 free relay silver and at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, she won relay bronze and silver, respectively, while finishing sixth in the 100 free at both Olympics.

In 1950, while touring in Australia with another Dutch swimming star, Geertje Wielema, Schuhmacher met a young Dutch animal husbandry expert Johan Heijting, who had emigrated to Australia in 1949 from newly independent Indonesia, which was formerly a Dutch colony. They got married a few months before the 1952 Olympics and one week after the Olympics, Irma Heijting left Europe to join her husband on his farm in Queensland near Brisbane, where he bred sheep and cattle.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Netherlands NED 6
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Netherlands NED 6
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Netherlands NED 6 h4 r1/3
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Netherlands NED 2 Silver

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Netherlands Final 6 1:08.4
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QC 1:07.7
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:07.9
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Swimming Netherlands Final 6 1:07.3
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:06.7
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat One 1 QU 1:06.7

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Four 6 5:45.2

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Netherlands NED Final 3 4:31.6
1948 Summer 23 London Swimming Netherlands NED Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 4:31.3
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Swimming Netherlands NED Final 2 4:29.0 1:06.6 4:29.0
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Swimming Netherlands NED Round One Heat Two 2 QU 4:30.6 1:07.6 4:30.6