Greta Andersen

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Greta Andersen
Medal record
Women's swimming
Competitor for  Denmark
Olympic Games
Gold 1948 London 100 m freestyle
Silver 1948 London 4×100 m freestyle
European Championships
Gold 1947 Monte Carlo 4x100 m freestyle
Gold 1950 Vienna 400 m freestyle
Silver 1950 Vienna 4x100 m freestyle
Bronze 1947 Monte Carlo 100 m freestyle
Bronze 1950 Vienna 100 m freestyle

Greta Andersen (born May 1, 1927) is a Danish swimmer and Olympic champion, later settled in Long Beach, California. She competed at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, where she received a gold medal in 100 m freestyle, and a silver medal in 4 × 100 m freestyle relay.[1]

Channel swimmer[edit]

Greta Andersen set the women's speed records both ways in the English Channel. (From France to England: 11 hours and 1 minute, and from England to France: 13 hours and 10 minutes).

She was the first person to swim the Santa Catalina Channel both ways.

World records[edit]

She set a world record in 100 yards in 1949, which was unbeaten until 1956. She set world records in 10 miles and in 25 miles.

Awards[edit]

She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1969.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1948 Olympics – London, United Kingdom – Swimming"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on May 3, 2008)
  2. ^ "ISHOF 1969 Honorees"International Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on May 3, 2008)
  3. ^ "GRETA ANDERSEN (DEN) – 1969 Honor Swimmer"International Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on May 3, 2008)