Full name: Lucy Morton (-Heaton)
Born: February 23, 1898 in Knutsford, Cheshire East, Great Britain
Died: August 26, 1980 in Blackpool, Blackpool, Great Britain
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Weakened by illness, Britain’s world record holder Irene Gilbert only finished fifth in the 200 metres breaststroke in the 1924 Olympics, but in a major upset her second string Lucy Morton became the first British woman to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual swimming event. Lucy Morton had a long career at the top of British swimming. She won her first Northern Counties title as a 15-year-old in 1913 and three years later set the inaugural world records for both the 150 yards backstroke and the 200 yards breaststroke. After winning both these events when they were added to the ASA championship schedule in 1920, she was denied a chance of Olympic honors as there were no backstroke or breaststroke events for women at the Antwerp Games. But after a four-year wait, Lucy was a surprise winner of the breaststroke event in Paris when she broke the monopoly of the American women, who won the other four swimming events with both diving competitions. After her marriage to Henry Heaton in 1927, she became a well-known coach and official.
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