Karen Muir

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Karen Muir
Karen Muir 1967.jpg
Karen Muir in 1967
Personal information
Full nameKaren Muir
National teamFlag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg  South Africa
Born(1952-09-16)16 September 1952
Kimberley, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Died1 April 2013(2013-04-01) (aged 60)
Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke

Karen Muir (16 September 1952 – 1 April 2013) [1] [2] was a South African competitive swimmer. Born and raised in Kimberley, she attended the Diamantveld High School, where she matriculated in 1970. [3]

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Biography

On 10 August 1965, aged twelve years, Muir became the youngest person to break a sporting world record in any discipline when she swam the 110 yards backstroke in 1m 08.7s at the ASA National Junior Championships in Blackpool, England. [4] [5] [6]

Over the following five years Muir would go on to set fifteen world records in the backstroke at 100 metres, 200 metres, 110 yards, and 220 yards. [7] She also won 22 South African Championships and three US National Championships. [8] Due to the sporting boycott of South Africa during her active career, she was never able to participate in an Olympic Games. [8]

Muir was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980. After retiring from her sport, she qualified, through the University of the Orange Free State, [3] as a doctor and practiced in the African continent. [8] Since 2000 she worked as a family physician in Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada. [1] [9] During 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. On 19 January 2012, it was reported that the cancer had spread. [10]

Muir died of breast cancer at the age of 60 in Mossel Bay, South Africa on 1 April 2013. [1] [2]

Kimberley's Olympic-sized swimming pool was named the Karen Muir Swimming Pool in honour of the young swimmer, who was nicknamed locally as the "Tepid Torpedo". [3] When Muir revisited the city in 2009 she donated her Springbok blazer to the Diamantveld High School. [3]

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