Marcelle Humblot

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Marcelle Humblot
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Humblot in 1931
Personal information
Born(1914-01-11)11 January 1914
Viéville-sous-les-Côtes, France
Died15 November 1988(1988-11-15) (aged 74)
Marans, France
ClubCercle des nageurs de Nancy
Mouettes de Paris

Marcelle Humblot (11 January 1914 - 15 November 1988) was a French competitive swimmer from Nancy during the late 1920s and early 1930s. She was a member of Cercle des nageurs de Nancy and trained by M. Cordonnier and M. Neukomm. Later she was a member of Mouettes de Paris. She was specialized in the backstroke. She became national champion and multiple times national record holder.[1]

Biography[change | change source]

Her first achievements were in 1929. She won the championshpis of Alsace-Lorraine and finished third in the students championships in the 100 metre backstroke. She competed in the Traversée de Paris à la nage [fr], an 11.5 kilometre open water race in Paris.[1]

In 1930 she won the bronze medal at the France 100m backstroke swimming championships [fr] in a time of 1:35.6[1]

In 1931 she broke two times the 200 metre backstroke national record; on 21 March (3:11.8) and 25 April (3:04.8). She also broke twice the 100 metre backstroke national record; on 12 May (1:26.6) and 12 July (1:25). In August she became national champion at the France 100m backstroke swimming championships [fr] with a time of 1:26.6. She became a member of the national team to compete at the 1931 European Aquatics Championships in Paris. In the 100 metre backstroke event, she reached the final and finished fifth in a time of 1:28.6.[1]

In 1932 and 1933 she won the bronze medal at the national championships in the 100 metre backstroke event.[1]

Next to swimming, Humblot worked as a seamstress.[1]

Legacy[change | change source]

From 21 September to 21 October 2019, the name of Marcelle Humblot was proposed among four other personalities by the Town hall of the 4th arrondissement of Paris [fr] for the name of the new swimming pool. The option of Marcelle Humblot finished in second position by vote from people from Paris.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Velez, Anne (2010). "LES FILLES DE L'EAU. UNE HISTOIRE DES FEMMES ET DE LA NATATION EN FRANCE(1905-1939)" (PDF). Université d’Angers (in French). Retrieved 10 November 2022 – via
  2. "Marie Marvingt: le nouveau nom de la piscine Saint-Merri". (in French)..