Ethelda Bleibtrey

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Ethelda Bleibtrey with Duke Kahanamoku

Ethelda Bleibtrey (born February 27, 1902 in Waterford , † May 6, 1978 in West Palm Beach ) was an American swimmer .

At the Olympic Games in Antwerp in 1920 she was three-time Olympic champion in swimming. She won in the individual disciplines of 100 m and 300 m freestyle as well as with the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay . So she won all sorts of gold medals, as Antwerp no longer hosted swimming competitions. Including the preliminary rounds, she swam five races and broke the world record every time. Since there were no swimming pools so shortly after the First World War , the competitions were held in an estuary.

In 1967 she was inducted into the international swimming pool 's hall of fame .

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Individual evidence

  1. Antwerp 1920 IOC website - accessed August 1, 2008