Elenor Gordon

 Elenor Gordon

(1933-2014)
Swimming

Inducted in 2003

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)



Image from Steve Lindridge - Ideal Images


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