Fraser, Dawn (1937–)

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Fraser, Dawn (1937–)

Australian swimmer. Born Dawn Lorraine Fraser, Sept 4, 1937, in Balmain, Sydney, Australia; m. Gary Ware (bookmaker), 1965 (div.).

Won gold medals in the 100-meter free-style and 4×100-meter freestyle relay and a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle at Melbourne Olympics (1956); won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and silver medals in the 4×100-meter medley relay and 4×100-meter freestyle relay at Rome Olympics (1960); won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and a silver in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at Tokyo Olympics (1964), the 1st Olympian—male or female—to win the same event in 3 consecutive games; held 39 world records (27 indiv. and 12 team); held the record for the 100 meters for 16 years (1956–72); won 30 Australian championships (23 individual and 7 team); won 8 medals (6 gold and 2 silver) for the British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Awarded the OBE.

See also (autobiography) with Harry Gordon, Below the Surface: The Confessions of an Olympic Champion (Morrow, 1965); and Women in World History.