Doris Hart (swimmer)

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Doris Hart
Personal information
National teamGreat Britain
StrokesBreaststroke, backstroke
Medal record
Representing Great Britain
Women's Olympiad
Women's swimming
Gold medal – first place 1922 Monte Carlo 200 m breaststroke
Silver medal – second place 1922 Monte Carlo 100 m backstroke
Women's water polo
Silver medal – second place 1922 Monte Carlo Team

Doris Hart was a British competitive swimmer and water polo player from London in the early 20th-century. That was the era were women's swimming and women's water polo started to become an established sport disciplines.

Hart was an Enlgish swimming champion, including in 1919.[1]

Hart competed at the 1922 Women's Olympiad, the earliest women's international swimming championships. She won the gold medal in the 200 metres breaststroke event ahead of Belgian Elisa van den Bogaert. In the 100 metres backstroke event she finished second. With a time of 1:43.6 she was 0.6 seconds slower than the Dutch Truus Klapwijk.[2]

Hart was the goalkeeper of the British water polo team. The team won at the 1992 Women's Olympiad the silver medal in the water polo competition after losing from the Netherlands with 6-0. Hart was named was one of the best British players during the competition.[3]

On 23 August 1922 she broke the World- and European 100 metres breaststroke record in Aldershot. With a time of 1:33.4 she was over four seconds faster than the former record of Elisa van den Bogaert. Two years later, in October 1924, she lost the record to British Irene Gilbert.[4] On 6 July 1923 she set the first World record in the 100 metres backstroke with a time of 1:36.7 at an international competition in Gothenburg.[5] Already three weeks later, her record was broken by the Czech Jarmila Mullerova.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Before the bikini: Fascinating photographs shows how bathers used to cover up on the beach 100 years ago". Daily Mail. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2022.
  2. "Zwemmen. Onze zwemsters in Monte Carlo". De Tijd (in Dutch). 24 April 1922. Retrieved 13 October 2022 – via Delpher.
  3. "Hollandsche zwemsters te Monte Carlo". Algemeen Handelsblad (in Dutch). 26 April 1922. Retrieved 1 November 2022 – via Delpher.
  4. "Sequential European Records to May 2019". LEN. Retrieved 13 October 2022 – via Google Cache.
  5. "Zwemmen". Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant (in Dutch). 7 July 1923. Retrieved 1 November 2022 – via Delpher.
  6. "Women's 100m Backstroke. World Record Progression". USA Swimming. p. 41. Retrieved 13 October 2022 – via

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