Judy Grinham

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Judy Grinham
Medal record
Women's swimming
Competitor for  Great Britain
Olympics Games
Gold 1956 Melbourne 100 m backstroke
European Championships
Gold 1958 Budapest 100 m backstroke
Silver 1958 Budapest 4×100 m freestyle
Bronze 1958 Budapest 100 m freestyle
Bronze 1958 Budapest 4×100 m medley
Competitor for  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1958 Cardiff 110 yd backstroke
Gold 1958 Cardiff 4x110 yd medley relay
Bronze 1958 Cardiff 4×110 yd freestyle

Judy Grinham MBE (born 5 March 1939) is a former British Olympic swimmer.


Grinham was born in the London suburb of Hampstead and grew up in Neasden. She married Pat Rowley[1] in Neasden in 1960, in St. Catherine's Church and they had two children, Keith and Alison.

Grinham competed in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, winning the 100m backstroke in 1 minute 12.9 seconds, a World record. She became the first Briton to win an Olympic swimming gold since Lucy Morton in 1924.

Grinham competed in the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales and won the 100m backstroke in 1:11.9. She went on to win a second gold medal in the four x 100m medley team and the 1958 European Championships in Budapest and won a gold in the 100m backstroke. This led to her being the first athlete in any sport to hold Olympic, Commonwealth and European Gold medals, at the same time.[citation needed]

In 2007, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, 50 years after winning gold in Melbourne.

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