Maria Vierdag

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Maria Vierdag
Willy den Ouden, Marie Braun, Truus Baumeister, Maria Vierdag 1931.jpg
Dutch 4×100 m team at the 1931 European Championships. Vierdag is right.
Personal information
Born 22 September 1905
Amersfoort, the Netherlands
Died 17 July 2005 (aged 99)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Sport Swimming
Club AZ&PC, Amersfoort

Maria "Rie" Vierdag (22 September 1905 – 17 July 2005) was a Dutch freestyle swimmer who competed at the 1924, 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics. She won a silver medal in the 4×100 m relay in 1932, setting a European record, and finished sixth in 1924. She failed to reach the 100 m finals at all Games.[1]

Vierdag was a European champion in the 100 m in 1927 and in the 4×100 m relay in 1931. In 1927 she finished her 100 m race in the same time as Joyce Cooper, and an addition trial was arranged between them. Cooper was too tired to attend it, and Vierdag was announced as the winner.[1]

Nationally Vierdag set eight Dutch records, yet won only one national title, in the 100 m in 1929.[2] In retirement she worked as a physical education teacher and physical therapist.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Rie Vierdag.
  2. ^ Marie Vierdag.