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Enith Brigitha

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameEnith Sijtje Maria•Brigitha (-Salle)
Used nameEnith•Brigitha
Born15 April 1955 in Willemstad (CUR)
Measurements174 cm / 67 kg
AffiliationsHet Y, Amsterdam (NED)
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Born on the West Indian island of Curaçao, Enith Brigitha learned to swim in the Caribbean Sea. A rare swimmer on the Netherlands Antilles, her career took a positive turn when her divorced mother moved to the Netherlands when she was a teenager. Brigitha quickly became the best Dutch swimmer of the 1970s. Between 1973 and 1979, she collected 21 Dutch titles, in freestyle, backstroke, medley and butterfly. Brigitha won the Dutch 100 m freestyle title seven times in a row. Internationally, she collected many medals as well, although never a golden one: Brigitha won seven medals in European Championships, four in World Championships and two in the 1976 Olympics. She was usually beaten by swimmers from East Germany, many of whom later admitted to doping use, and Brigitha currently considers herself an Olympic champion. Brigitha moved back to Curaçao in 1990, and currently owns her own swimming school for children.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) NED Enith Brigitha
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 8
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Netherlands 5
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 6
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 6
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Netherlands 5
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) NED Enith Brigitha
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Netherlands 4
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 9
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Netherlands 5

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1976 Summer Olympics 18 July 1976 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Women Round One, Heat Six 56.61 1
1976 Summer Olympics 22 July 1976 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Freestyle, Women Round One, Heat Four 2:01.54 1

Special Notes