Tilly van der Zwaard

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Tilly van der Zwaard
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Tilly van der Zwaard in 1964
Personal information
Birth nameMathilda Catrina van der Zwaard
Born(1938-01-18)18 January 1938
Leiden, Netherlands
Died6 February 2019(2019-02-06) (aged 81)
Edgewater, Florida, U.S.
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
SportMiddle distance running
Club Sagitta, Amsterdam
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
European Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1962 Belgrade 400 metres

Tilly van der Zwaard (18 January 1938 – 6 February 2019) [1] was a middle distance runner from the Netherlands. [2] At the 1962 European Athletics Championships in Belgrade she won a bronze medal in the 400 m event, behind Maria Itkina of the Soviet Union and Joy Grieveson of Great Britain. [3]

Van der Zwaard twice represented her native country in the 400 m event at the Summer Olympics, in 1964 and 1968. Her best achievement was sixth place in 1964. [4]

Tilly van der Zwaard with husband and daughter Eveline in July 1966 Tilly van der Zwaard with family 1966.jpg
Tilly van der Zwaard with husband and daughter Eveline in July 1966
Tilly van der Zwaard in her garden in Edgewater, Florida, December 2010 Tilly van der Zwaard 1 in 2010.jpg
Tilly van der Zwaard in her garden in Edgewater, Florida, December 2010

She was born Mathilda Catrina van der Zwaard in Leiden, Netherlands. [4] On 25 November 1964 she married Ger van der

Made [5] and changed her name to van der Made-van der Zwaard. [4] After their divorce, she dropped van der Made from her name. She moved to the United States after retiring from athletics and died February 2019 in Edgewater, Florida. [1] [2]

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