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Rie Vierdag

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameMaria "Rie"•Vierdag (-Smit)
Used nameRie•Vierdag
Born22 September 1905 in Amersfoort (NED)
Died17 July 2005 in Amsterdam (NED)
Measurements170 cm
AffiliationsAZ&PC, Amersfoort (NED)
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Rie Vierdag participated in her third Olympics at Los Angeles, after 1924 and 1928, finally winning a silver medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay. In 1927, she had already won an international title at the European Championships, when, after a dead heat with Joyce Cooper, Vierdag was awarded the title when Cooper was too fatigued to attend the swim-off. Cooper got her revenge in the relay, as the British women defeated the Dutch team. At the 1931 edition, Vierdag claimed her second European title, winning the 4×100 freestyle relay. She won only one national championship, in the 100 m freestyle in 1929, but did set eight national records, including one in the 1500 m freestyle. In addition, the time that was achieved by the Dutch squad in Los Angeles was a European Record. Vierdag died in 2005, just two months shy of her 100th birthday. She was one of the first Dutch world class swimmers and later became a physical education teacher and physical therapist.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) NED Rie Vierdag
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 4 h1 r2/3
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 4 h4 r1/3
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Netherlands 6
1928 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) NED Rie Vierdag
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 5 h2 r2/3
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Netherlands AC r2/2
1932 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) NED Rie Vierdag
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 4 h2 r1/3
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Netherlands 2 Silver

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