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Beth Whittall

Full name: Elizabeth "Beth" Whittall
Gender: Female
Born: May 26, 1936 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: May 1, 2015 in Hudson, Québec, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Swimming

Biography

Early in her swimming career, Beth Whittall set five Canadian swimming records and won several national titles, but it was not until she captured a silver medal in the 4x110 yard freestyle relay (alongside [Gladys Priestley], [Helen Stewart], and [Virginia Grant]) that she started to attract widespread attention. Within a year, however, she had become a national celebrity by winning three medals within an hour at the 1955 Pan American Games\: gold in the 100 metre butterfly and the 400 metre freestyle and silver in the 4x100 metre medley (with Stewart, Grant, and [Lenora Fisher]). At the same tournament, she also took silver in the 4x100 meter freestyle, alongside Priestley, Grant, and Stewart. These achievements earned her the 1955 Lou Marsh Trophy, given annually to Canada’s top athlete, as well as a trip to the 1956 Summer Olympics, where she placed seventh in the 100 metres butterfly and was eliminated in the opening round of the 400 metres freestyle.

Whittall retired from active competition following the Olympics in order to continue pursuing a pharmacology degree at Purdue University, but later worked as a swimming coach in her home province of Quebec. She was heavily involved in both participating and administrating masters-level swimming events in Canada until her death in May 2015, just a few days after learning that she was to be inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame later that year.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Canada CAN 4 h1 r1/2
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly Canada CAN 7

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Swimming Canada Round One Heat One 4 5:21.7

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Swimming Canada Final 7 1:17.9
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Swimming Canada Round One Heat Two 4 QU 1:16.9
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