On This Day

Dawn Fraser

Profession: Swimmer

Nationality:
Australia
Australian

Why Famous: Won four Olympic gold medals in the 100m freestyle across the
1956, 1960 and 1964 games.

Making her one of only three swimmers to have won the same Olympic individual event three times.

Born: September 4, 1937
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Age: 84 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Virgo

Historical Events

  • 1956-12-01 Legendary Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets world record 1:02.0 to win the women's 100m freestyle at the Melbourne Olympics; first of Fraser's 3 consecutive gold medals in the event
  • 1956-12-06 Australian women's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Dawn Fraser, Faith Leech, Sandra Morgan & Lorraine Crapp swim world record 4:17.1 and beat powerful US team to win the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1960-08-29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; retains title won in Melbourne 1956; will win unprecedented 3rd consecutive 100m gold in Tokyo 1964
  • 1964-02-29 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser records the fastest 100m freestyle of her brilliant career; smashes her own world record 58.9s in Sydney; goes on to win her 3rd straight gold in the event at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1964-10-13 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins her third consecutive Olympic 100m freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Games; Olympic record 59.05s
  • 1965-03-01 Australian swimming authorities suspend triple Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Dawn Fraser for 10 years for misconduct at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

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