Sarah (Fanny) Durack become first Australian woman to win gold at the Olympic Games

The Paris Olympic Games of 1900 was the first time women were able to compete in the Olympics, although Australia sent no female representatives. Between 1900 and 1912 the International Olympic Committee progressively added in more sports for women to compete in, ruling in favour of including diving and swimming for the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.

Fanny Durack (1889 – 1956) become the first Australian women to compete in the Olympic Games and won the gold medal in the 100 meters freestyle event in 1912, with fellow teammate Mina Wylie winning the silver medal. Between 1912 and 1918 she broke 12 world records.

Photo courtesy of the National Library of Australia.

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