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Irene Steer

Full name: Irene Steer (-Nicholson)
Gender: Female
Born: August 10, 1889 in Cardiff, Cardiff, Great Britain
Died: April 18, 1977 in Cardiff, Cardiff, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

At the 1912 Stockholm Games, a collision in the heats of the 100 metres freestyle robbed Irene Steer of the chance of individual Olympic honors but she later won a gold medal in the relay, swimming the anchor leg for the British team which set a new world record. Steer was unbeaten in the 100 yards freestyle at the Welsh Championships, winning the title for seven successive years from 1907 before retiring at the end of the 1913 season. She represented Cardiff Ladies Premier SC and won her only ASA title in 1913 when she equaled the world record in the 100 yards freestyle. After she retired, Steer married William Nicholson, a director and chairman of Cardiff City FC. Steer was the first Welsh woman to win an Olympic gold medal, and it would be 96 years before this was repeated, by Nicole Cooke in the cycling road race at Beijing in 2008, on Steer's birthday - 10 August.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR AC h2 r2/3 DQ
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay Great Britain GBR 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two AC DQ [1:29.0]
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Four 2 QU 1:27.2

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Swimming Great Britain GBR Final Standings 1 WR 5:52.8
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