Dawn Fraser

Born Sep 4, 1937
Nationality Australia Australia
Nickname Dawn

Dawn Lorraine Fraser was born on 4 September 1937 in Balmain, New South Wales. She is more commonly known as Dawn.

Fraser is an Australian champion swimmer. She has won 8 Olympic medals so far – 4 of which are gold – as well as Commonwealth Games gold medals. She holds 39 records which includes the 100 meters freestyle record which was hers for 15 years (from December 1, 1956 to January 8, 1972). She was also the first of the only two swimmers in the history of the Olympics to earn individual gold medals for three same events at consecutive Olympic Games (1956, 1960, 1964 Olympics for 100 m freestyle).

Olympic Games• 1956 (Melbourne); 100 metres freestyle – gold• 1956 (Melbourne); 400 metres freestyle – silver• 1956 (Melbourne); 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay – gold• 1960 (Rome); 100 metres freestyle – gold• 1960 (Rome); 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay – silver• 1960 (Rome); 4 x 100 metres medley relay –silver• 1964 (Tokyo); 100 metres freestyle – gold• 1964 (Tokyo); 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay –silver

Cardiff Commonwealth Games• 1958; 110 freestyle – gold• 1958; 4 x 100 yards freestyle relay – gold

Perth Commonwealth Games• 110 yards freestyle – gold • 440 yards freestyle – gold • 4 x 110 yards freestyle relay – gold • 4 x 110 yards medley relay – gold

Fraser was also well known for her controversial behavior. She allegedly swam the moat to the Emperor’s palace at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and stole a flag. She was arrested but then released without charges. The emperor gave the flag to her as a souvenir. However, the Australian Swimming Union (ASU) laid her under a ten-year ban. She answered to this by announcing her retirement.

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