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Bonnie Mealing

Full name: Philomena Alecia "Bonnie" Mealing (-Johnston)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Born: August 28, 1912 in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales, Australia
Died: January 1, 2002 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Bonnie Mealing was selected for the Australian team for Amsterdam after only one year of serious competition and only 15-years-old. But after failing to advance in the heats of both the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke in Amsterdam 1928, she was attacked by Australian journalists despite the exhausting three-month journey with various diseases on board ship due to significant weight gain. Subsequently she successfully focused on the backstroke, setting a world record of 1:20.6 in the 100 metres, but she was still not selected for the 1930 Empire Games. In 1932 her world record was bettered by Phyllis Harding and Olympic favorite and eventual gold medalist Eleanor Holm. However, she redeemed herself with the silver medal at Los Angeles in 1932. One year after the Games she set another (unofficial) world record, this time in the 200 metre backstroke. She retired from active competition prior to the 1934 British Empire Games. At the time of her death she was the oldest Australian medalist from 1932 and the last surviving Australian participant of the 1928 Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 15 Amsterdam Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 3 h6 r1/3
1928 Summer 15 Amsterdam Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke Australia AUS 4 h2 r1/2
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke Australia AUS 2 Silver

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 15 Amsterdam Swimming Australia Round One Heat Six 3 1:20.6

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Summer 15 Amsterdam Swimming Australia Round One Heat Two 4
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Australia Final 2 1:21.3
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Australia Round One Heat One 2 QU 1:21.6
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