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Natalie Myburgh

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNatalie Anne•Myburgh (-Gillespie)
Used nameNatalie•Myburgh
Born15 May 1940
Died21 January 2014 in Knysna (RSA)
NOC South Africa


Natalie Myburgh was a young teen prodigy, representing South Africa at the 1954 British Empire Games when she was not yet 14-years-old. She was the first woman to better the 1-minute barrier for 100 yards freestyle, and would later set South African records in the 100, 200, and 400 metre freestyles. She was very modest about her achievements in later life. Myburgh died at Knysna Private Hospital after a battle against cancer.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) RSA Natalie Myburgh
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 8
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) =10
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) South Africa 3 Bronze

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