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Famous Scottish Swimmers?
Famous Scottish Swimmers?
Black won three gold medals at the 1958 European Championships in Budapest for the 400 metres, 1500 metres freestyle and the 200 metres butterfly events. No swimmer has managed to repeat this feat. He won three more Commonwealth Games medals in 1958: gold for the 220 yards butterfly, silver for the 440 yards freestyle and silver for the 4x220 yards freestyle relay. He narrowly failed to win a medal at the Olympic games of 1960. Black became one of only three Scots to be given the title 'BBC Sports Personality of the Year' (1958). Today, Black is the Headmaster of Robert Gordon's College Junior School in Aberdeen.
In 1950, 16-year-old Elenor Gordon and her chaperone set off on a six-week voyage to the Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) in New Zealand. Elenor returned with the first ever Gold medal won by a Scottish woman in those Games. Her triumph in the 220 yards breaststroke also makes her the youngest ever Scottish Gold medallist. Two years later, at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, she was the only Briton to win a swimming medal. But the final was controversial. It included both breaststroke and butterfly swimmers - the butterfly being a new style, and also a faster one. Gordon finished third to two butterfly swimmers.
Olympic bronze medal, 200m breaststroke, 1952
Empire gold medal, 220 yards breaststroke, 1950 (Games Record) and bronze medal, medley relay
Commonwealth gold medal, medley relay, 1954 and gold medal, 220 yards breatstroke (Commonwealth Games record)
(1909 - 1994)
Ellen was one of Scotland's greatest swimmers. In the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928, she won two silver medals - for the 150 yards backstroke and the ladies relay race. King spent most of her life in Edinburgh and swam at the Warrender Baths Club. She won all Scottish Championship titles from 50 to 440 yards, and won six British Championships during her career. She broke the world records for the 220 yards breaststroke and the 150 yards backstroke in 1927 and 1928. After her amateur career, King taught swimming in Edinburgh schools. She continued to swim until after her 80th birthday.
Olympic silver medal, 150 yards backstroke, 1928
Olympic silver medal, ladies relay race, 1928
Bob McGregor, MBE
McGregor moved to Falkirk at an early age and became known as the 'Falkirk Flyer'. He first represented Scotland at swimming aged 16. He set a new world record for the 110 yards of 53.6 seconds in 1964. In the same year, he captained the British swimming team at the Olympics in Tokyo and won a silver medal in the 100m freestyle. In 1966, in the space of five weeks he won a Commonwealth Games silver medal and a European Championships gold medal, then broke his own world record for the 110 yards at the British Championships in 53.3 seconds. McGregor retired from competitive swimming after the 1968 Olympics. Today, he is a partner in an architects firm in Glasgow.
Olympic silver medal, 1964
110 yards world record holder, 1964, 1966
Commonwealth silver medal, 1966
European Championships gold medal, 1966
First learning to swim at Motherwell Baths, Wardrop wasted little time making his presence felt on the competitive arena, setting a number of new Scottish swimming records by his early teens. In 1949 he won four titles at the Scottish Championships; in 1950, three British titles 鈥?making him the first male swimmer ever to win three such titles at one meeting. By the end of 1952, Wardop held a total of 32 records and five British titles. Then, in 1954, came Commonwealth medal success, and a new world record in the 220 yards freestyle.
Four Scottish Championship titles, 1949
British freestyle title holder, 1949
220, 440 and 880 yards and mile freestyle title holder, 1950
Empire & Commonwealth Games silver and
bronze medals, 1954
World record holder, 220 yards freestyle, 1954 & 1955
World record holder, 440 yards medley, 1955 Source(s): http://www.sshf.co.uk/bysport.htm#swimmi...
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