On this Day in 1962: Dawn Fraser makes history

Sport360 staff 12:23 27/10/2016
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Dawn Fraser was a colossus of the sport.

One of the most recognisable and successful figures in swimming, Dawn Fraser was a beast in the pool.

She went on to claim eight Olympic medals – four of which were gold – and six Commonwealth Games golds in her stellar career.

And one of the greatest moments of her legacy came in 1962 when Fraser became the first woman in history to swim 100m in under a minute.

Her record of 58.9 seconds wouldn’t be broken until 1973, eight years after she retired from swimming.

2000: Britain’s Tanni Grey-Thompson won her fourth gold medal of the Paralympics in Sydney when she cruised to victory in the T53 classification of the women’s 400 metres in a time of 58.74 seconds.

2008: Manager Martin Johnson appointed lock Steve Borthwick as England’s rugby union captain.

2011: Chelsea were defeated in their bid to buy back the freehold of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Pitch Owners announced.

2012: Spinner Graeme Swann said he was happy Kevin Pietersen had been reintegrated to the England fold after admitting to getting ”fed up” with the talk about his relationship with the rest of the squad. A rift with former captain Andrew Strauss had led to Pietersen being placed in the international wilderness – which by 2014 was where he again found himself.

2013: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth Formula One world title with victory in the Indian Grand Prix.

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