Scots Olympian Golden Scots: Govan’s golden girl, Isabella Moore

Scots Olympian Golden Scots: Govan’s golden girl, Isabella Moore (source: The Scotsman 20 July 2012)

In 1912 in Stockholm, Bella Moore, born in Govan in 1894, became the youngest British woman to win gold at a summer Olympics at the age of 17 years and 226 days . She swam in the two inaugural women’s swimming events of that year, the 100 metre individual freestyle and a ‘team 400m’ relay. She was part of the team which won the gold in the latter race. She is still Scotland’s only female swimmer to win a gold medal. In 1913 she set a world record for the 200 m freestyle. She emigrated to the US with her husband shortly after the Olympics, and coached thousands of young swimmers. She died in Maryland in 1975. She has been inducted into the international Swimming Hall of Fame.

[From the August 2012 Newsletter, by Elizabeth Ewan]

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