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Jennie Fletcher

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameJennie•Fletcher (-Hyslop)
Used nameJennie•Fletcher
Born19 March 1890 in Belgrave, Leicestershire, England (GBR)
Died17 January 1968 in Teeswater, Ontario (CAN)
AffiliationsLeicester Ladies Swimming Club
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Jennie Fletcher of Leicester Ladies SC won a bronze medal in the 100 metres freestyle at the 1912 Games to become Britain’s first woman Olympic swimming medalist. She later contributed an outstanding second leg in the relay which assured Great Britain of the gold medals and a new world record. One of 11 children in an underprivileged family, she was only able to train after working 12 hours a day, six days a week Despite their impoverished circumstances, her parents refused an offer for Jennie to tour as a professional with Annette Kellerman in 1907. She therefore remained an amateur, winning six ASA 100 yards freestyle titles between 1906 and 1912 and in 1909 setting a world record for the distance.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GBR Jennie Fletcher
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1912 Summer Olympics 15 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women Final Standings 5:52.8 WR 1

Special Notes