Ragnhild Hveger

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Ragnhild Hveger
Ragnhild Hveger 1935.jpg
Ragnhild Hveger in 1935
Personal information
Born 10 December 1920
Nyborg, Denmark
Died 1 December 2011 (aged 90)
Sport Swimming
Club Helsingør Svømmeklub
DKG, København

Ragnhild Tove Hveger (later Andersen, 10 December 1920 – 1 December 2011)[1] was a swimmer from Denmark, who won the silver medal in the women's 400 m freestyle at the 1936 Summer Olympics.[2]

From 1936 to 1943 she set 44 world records, and at one time she held 19 world records in different distances and disciplines.[3] In 1937 she won three gold medals at the world championships. Unfortunately for her, the Olympic Games were not held in 1940 or 1944.

Daughter of a Nazi, sister of an east front volunteer, married to a German officer, she became very unpopular after the war, and was barred from the Danish team for the 1948 Olympics.[4] She competed at the 1952 Olympics and finished fourth in the 4 × 100 m and fifth in the 400 m freestyle events.[2] Hveger retired in 1954 after ending fifth in the 100 m freestyle at the European Championships.[5]

In 1966 she was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame,[3] and 30 years later declared sportswoman of the century by Danmarks Idræts-Forbund.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ritzau (10 December 2011). "Århundredets danske sportskvinde er død" (in Danish). Kristeligt Dagblad. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Ragnhild Hveger sports-reference.com
  4. ^ "Ragnhild Hveger". London: Telegraph. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-23. 
  5. ^ Ragnhild HVEGER. the-sports.org

External links[edit]

  • Pat Besford, Encyclopaedia of Swimming (London: St. Martin's Press, 1971).
  • David Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky, The Complete Book of the Olympics (London: Aurum, 2008).
Preceded by
Rie van Veen
Women's 200 metres freestyle
world record holder (long course)

11 September 1938 – 25 February 1956
Succeeded by
Dawn Fraser
Preceded by
Willy den Ouden
Women's 400 metres freestyle
world record holder (long course)

10 February 1937 – 25 August 1956
Succeeded by
Lorraine Crapp
Preceded by
Lenore Kight
Women's 800 metres freestyle
world record holder (long course)

3 July 1936 – 28 June 1953
Succeeded by
Valerie Gyenge
Preceded by
Grete Frederiksen
Women's 1500 metres freestyle
world record holder (long course)

3 July 1938 – 23 July 1955
Succeeded by
Lenie de Nijs
Preceded by
Nida Senff
Women's 200 metres backstroke
world record holder (long course)

14 February 1937 – 17 April 1938
Succeeded by
Cor Kint