Geertje Wielema

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Geertje Wielema 1955.jpg
Geertje Wielema in 1955
Personal information
Born 24 July 1934
Hilversum, the Netherlands
Died 18 August 2009 (aged 75)
Almere, the Netherlands
Sport
Sport Swimming
Club De Robben, Hilversum

Geertje Wielema (24 July 1934 – 18 August 2009) was a freestyle and backstroke swimmer from the Netherlands, who won the silver medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in the 100 m backstroke. In 1954 she won three medals at European championships and was named Holland's first female Sportspersonality of the Year. She missed the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne due to their boycott by the Netherlands, but continued swimming until late 1950s and later served as a swimming judge.[2] Between 1950 and 1954 she set five world records in medley relay and individual backstroke events.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ EUROPEAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS (WOMEN). gbrathletics.com
  2. ^ Geertje Wielema. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Geertje Wielema. zwemmenindepolder.nl
Awards
Preceded by
Arie van Vliet
Dutch Sportspersonality of the Year
1954
Succeeded by
Mary Kok