1900-1960

World Records and Medalists 1912 - 1960

Despite the boycott South Africa has continued to produce world class swimmers. Here are the Olympic and World Champions and record breakers.

   

Marie Bedford

In the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games the women's relay team won a bronze in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event.

     

Kathleen Russell

In the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games the women's relay team won a bronze in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event.

 
   

Rhoda Rennie

In the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games the women's relay team won a bronze in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event.

 
   

Freddie van der Goes

In the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games the women's relay team won a bronze in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event.

 
   

Oonagh Whitsitt

Winner of the Women's diving at the 1930 Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada. Oonagh is the only diver from South Africa to have won a major international title

 

   

Jenny Maakal

Jenny Genoveva Maakal competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics where she won a bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle event and was sixth in the 100m freestyle.

 
   

Joan Harrison

A native of East London, attending Clarendon High School for Girls, she swam at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, winning a gold medal in the women's 100 m backstroke.

   

Natalie Toy Myburgh

In 1956 the South African women won bronze in the 4 x 110yds freestyle relay  

   

Susan Roberts

In 1956 the South African women won bronze in the 4 x 110yds freestyle relay

   

Jeanette Myburgh

In 1956 the South African women won bronze in the 4 x 110yds freestyle relay

   

Moira Abernethy

In 1956 the South African women won bronze in the 4 x 110yds freestyle relay

   

Laura Ranwell

In the 1960 Rome Olympic Games women's 100m backstroke Laura set an Olympic record in her heat, and in the final she finished with an equal time as the bronze medallist, although placed 4th.

         

After the 1960 Olympic Games, Springbok swimmers no longer swam in the Olympic or Commonwealth Games - until 1992. 

 

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