Linda Ludgrove

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Linda Ludgrove
Linda Ludgrove, Christine Caron, Cristina Balaban 1966.jpg
European Championships 100 m backstroke 1966:
Linda Ludgrove, Christine Caron, Cristina Balaban
Personal information
Born (1947-09-08) 8 September 1947 (age 71)
Greenwich, London, UK
Height1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
ClubBeckenham Ladies Swimming Club

Linda Kay Ludgrove (born 8 September 1947) is a retired English backstroke swimmer.[1]

Raised in Sydenham, Ludgrove won individual gold medals at 110 yards backstroke and 220 yards backstroke at both the 1962 and 1966 Commonwealth Games. As part of the English team she won silver in the 1962 4×110 yards medley relay and gold in the 1966 relay.

She competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in the 4×100 m medley relay and the 100 m backstroke and finished fifth and sixth, respectively.[1] She won three medals at the 1962 and 1966 European Championships.[2]

She finished third in the 1962 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.[3] She held seven world records. She retired from swimming in 1967.

Ludgrove was born to William and Gladys Ludgrove; she has a brother, Terence.[4] After marriage she changed her last name to Lillo.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Linda Ludgrove.
  2. ^ Linda LUDGROVE.
  3. ^ Sports Personality Of The Year.
  4. ^ Mr W. Ludgrove's Story. (15 December 2005)

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