On This Day: When Dawn Fraser Took The 200m World Mark Back For Sprinters

Dawn Fraser with the kids who can swim - she wants the ones who can't to learn - courtesy of Swim Australia

February was a great month for Dawn Fraser and pioneering pace for women freestylers. Today leaves us a year shy of the 60th anniversary of the Australian’s first world record over 200m. Fraser, who turns 80 in September this year, is still very much in the swim, as an ambassador for the drive to get more kids and folk in general in the water and learning to be safe and fit from an early age. On February 10, 1958, Fraser’s 200 world record was the first to be established after a change in swimming rules and drew a significant line in the to-and-fro battle for four-lap supremacy between those whose forte was sprint and those built to go the distance

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