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Susan Roberts

Full name: Susan Elizabeth Roberts
Gender: Female
Born: April 21, 1939 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Country: RSA South Africa
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

As a schoolgirl, Susan Roberts was active in field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, and badminton, winning a Transvaal provincial junior title in the latter sport. It was swimming, however, where she excelled the most and she was selected to represent South Africa at the 1956 Summer Olympics after setting a national record in the 880 yards freestyle event while winning the South African title. There she was a member of the 4x100 metres freestyle relay squad (with [Moira Abernethy] and [Jeanette] and [Natalie Myburgh]) that took the bronze medal. She also competed individually in the 100 and 400 m events, but did not reach the final of either. Her other major tournament was the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, where she finished fourth in the 4×110 yards freestyle relay (with Natalie Myburgh and the non-Olympians M.M. Hogg and S.G. Wetton) and fifth in the 4×110 yards medley relay (with Wetton, Natalie Myburgh and the non-Olympian J. Rocchi). Roberts was also eliminated in the heats of the 110 yards freestyle, the 440 yards freestyle, and the 110 yards backstroke. Between 1955 and 1958 she earned numerous Transvaal provincial and South African titles and set several records across various individual disciplines. She entered Cape Town University in 1956 to earn a social science degree and was active on the school’s swimming and badminton teams.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 7 h2 r2/3
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle South Africa RSA 4 h3 r1/2
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay South Africa RSA 3 Bronze

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming South Africa Semi-Finals Heat Two 7 1:06.6
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Four 4 Q 1:07.9

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 2cT 2cR 3cT 3cR 100-200m 200-300m 300-400m
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming South Africa Round One Heat Three 4 5:16.8 1:10.9 2 2:32.5 4 3:55.5 4 1:21.6 (4) 1:23.0 (4) 1:21.3 (4)

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming South Africa RSA Final 3 1:05.3 2:13.0 3
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming South Africa RSA Round One Heat One 1 1:06.5 2:13.8 3
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