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Thelma Kalama

Full name: Thelma H. Kalama (-Aiu)
Nickname(s): Keko
Gender: Female
Born: March 24, 1931 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Died: May 17, 1999 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Hawaii Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Thelma Kalama got to the 1948 Olympic Trials because Hawaiian beach boys took up a collection among the bathers so she could afford the trip. She placed fourth at both the 100m and 400m freestyle events at the trials, which earned her a relay spot at the Olympics. She won three AAU titles and set one American record for the 400m freestyle. Thelma Kalama later joined the marines, eventually becoming a sergeant. She also attended college at Miami of Ohio and was married for a short time.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 17 London Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold OR

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 17 London Swimming United States USA Final 1 OR 4:29.2
1948 Summer 17 London Swimming United States USA Round One Heat One 2 QU 4:34.1
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