Dora Gibbs

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDora Elizabeth•Gibbs (-Stratford)
Used nameDora•Gibbs
Born6 July 1910 in Hackney, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died4 July 2008 in Andover, Hampshire, England (GBR)
AffiliationsHammersmith Ladies SC, London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Dora Gibbs was one of three members of the Hammersmith Ladies Swimming Club in the Great Britain squad at the 1928 Olympics. Fellow breaststroke swimmer Mabel Hamblen, and platform diver Belle White were the others. Unfortunately, all three returned home without a medal. Gibbs won the 1929 Southern Counties 200 yards breaststroke title in 3:07.4 and knocked nearly five seconds off the old record in the process. That same year she enjoyed her only podium finish at the ASA Championships, finishing third in the 200 breaststroke. Had she equalled her Southern Counties winning time, she would have been the champion.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GBR Dora Gibbs
200 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 5 h2 r1/3


Date of birth previously given as 27 June 1887, but this is not correct as contemporary newspapers describe her as “girl of 17 years of age.”