Dawn FRASER

Australia AUS

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
    4 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Melbourne 1956
  • Year of Birth
    1937
Olympic Results

Biography

Dawn FRASER

On 21 February 1956, 18-year-old Dawn Fraser broke Willy den Ouden's 20-year-old world record for the 100m freestyle.

The Australian breaker

On 1 December of the same year, Fraser led an Australian medal sweep of the event at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, setting another world record in the process. She gained a second gold medal in leading the Australian team to a world record in the 4x100m freestyle relay and earned a silver medal in the 400m freestyle.

100m in under a minute

Four years later, at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960, Fraser repeated her victory at 100m to become the first woman to defend an Olympic swimming title. She also placed fifth in the 400m and picked up silver medals in the medley relay (the first time it was included in the Olympic programme) and in the freestyle relay. On 27 October 1962, Fraser, swimming in Melbourne, became the first woman to break the one-minute barrier for 100m when she covered the longer distance of 110 yards in 59.9 seconds.

Medals, and a stolen flag

At the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Fraser fought off a stiff challenge from Sharon Stouder of the United States to win the 100m again, becoming the first Olympic swimmer of either sex to win the same event three times. She also gained a silver medal in the freestyle relay and placed fourth in the 400m. While in Tokyo, Fraser was arrested for stealing a flag from the entrance to the Emperor's Palace, but after she apologized, the charges were dropped and the emperor gave her the flag as a gift. In 1988, Fraser was elected to the parliament of New South Wales and served until 1991.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Tokyo 1964

G
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
#4
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
S
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
#4 h1 r1/2
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rome 1960

G
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
#5
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
S
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
S
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming
#DNS
100 metres Butterfly
100 metres Butterfly Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Melbourne 1956

G
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
S
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming