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Dawn Fraser

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 4
Bronze 0
Total 8
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameDawn Lorraine•Fraser (-Ware-)
Used nameDawn•Fraser
Born4 September 1937 in Balmain, New South Wales (AUS)
Measurements172 cm / 67 kg
Affiliations?, New South Wales, (AUS)
NOC Australia

Biography

Australia’s Dawn Fraser is considered the greatest female sprint swimmer ever. She won eight Olympic medals, with four gold and four silver medals at the Games of 1956, 1960 and 1964, including three successive golds in the 100 metres freestyle, then a record for any Olympic swimming event (since equalled by Hungary’s Krisztina Egerszegi and bettered by the United States’ Michael Phelps in the men’s 200 IM). She was denied the opportunity of adding to her medal total when she received a lengthy suspension following misbehavior at the 1964 Games. She set 27 individual and 12 relay world records. On 27 October 1962 in Melbourne, she recorded a time of 59.9 seconds for the 100 metre freestyle, which made her the first woman to swim the sprint distance in under one minute. She was wildly popular in Australia, where a daffodil, a rose, and an orchid were named after her, and the Elkington Park Baths in Sydney were later renamed the Dawn Fraser Pool. In 1988 Fraser was selected as Australia’s greatest female athlete. In that same year she was elected to the New South Wales Parliament where she represented the seat of Balmain until 1991.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Dawn Fraser
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Dawn Fraser
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 5
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 2 Silver
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) DNS
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 2 Silver
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Dawn Fraser
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 4
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 9

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1964 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony AUS Dawn Fraser

Special Notes