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Nel van Vliet

Full name: Pietje "Nel" van Vliet (-Koudijs)
Gender: Female
Born: January 17, 1926 in Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Died: January 4, 2006 in Naarden, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: HZC de Robben, Hilversum (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Nel van Vliet only learned to swim at age sixteen, but turned out to be a natural talent: months later she won the Dutch national championships in the 200 m breaststroke. She kept on improving rapidly, and after the Second World War she improved the short-course world record on both breaststroke distances several times. Competing internationally turned out to be difficult, as she had not been registered with the Dutch authorities at birth. Her father had been to busy to so. To obtain a passport for his daughter, he needed to appear in court and pay a fine. Now officially recognized, Van Vliet won the 1947 European Championships in Monaco. At the 1948 Olympics, here main opponent appeared to be the only female butterfly swimmer, Éva Székely. However, the Hungarian departed too fast, and Van Vliet grabbed the gold medal. Shortly after returning home, that medal was stolen from her parent's home. Only in 2004, she was awarded a replacement medal by Dutch IOC member Erica Terpstra, herself an Olympic swimmer. Van Vliet died a year later.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Netherlands NED 1 Gold

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming Netherlands Final 1 2:57.2
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/OR 2:57.0
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming Netherlands Round One Heat Three 1 QU/OR 2:57.4
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