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Faith Leech

Full name: Faith Yvonne Leech (-Touhy)
Nickname(s): The Flying Fish
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Born: March 31, 1941 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Died: September 14, 2013 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Faith Leech took up swimming as a way to help her recover from scoliosis. At age 12 she recorded 1:07.1 for 110 yds, said to be the fastest ever at the time for somebody that age. She won two titles at the Victorian Championships in 1955 and at age 13 won the 1955 Australian title in the 110 yard freestyle. In 1956 she could not swim in the nationals because of illness, but won the Australian age group 100 m title that year in 1:04.6, only 1/10th of a second off Dawn Fraser’s world record. Leech trained sparingly, never covering more than 3 km a day, but her technique was so smooth that she was nicknamed the “Flying Fish.” Leech retired from swimming in 1957, at age 16, after a very short career and on doctor’s advice, because of the great anxiety she felt before any competition. She then worked as a model before returning to her native Bendigo where she ran the family jewelry business. She also helped teach disabled children to swim.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 15 Melbourne Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 15 Melbourne Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Australia AUS 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 15 Melbourne Swimming Australia Final 3 1:05.1
1956 Summer 15 Melbourne Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:05.2
1956 Summer 15 Melbourne Swimming Australia Round One Heat Four 1 QU 1:04.9

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1956 Summer 15 Melbourne Swimming Australia AUS Final 1 WR 4:17.1 1:05.3 2:09.3
1956 Summer 15 Melbourne Swimming Australia AUS Round One Heat Two 1 QU 4:25.0 1:05.9 4:25.0
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