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Inge Sørensen

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Inge Sørensen (18 July 1924 – 9 March 2011), later Inge Tabur, sometimes known as "Lille henrivende Inge" ("Little Lovely Inge") was a Danish swimmer, who at age 12 won a bronze medal in 200 meter breaststroke at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. This makes her the youngest Olympic medal winner in an individual competition. During 1936-1944 she won nine Danish championships, two Nordic championships and one European championship. She set 14 Danish records in breaststroke. She also broke the world record on 400 m and 500 m breaststroke and became the first Danish female swimmer under 3 minutes on 200 m breaststroke. Her swimming career was cut short by World War II. After the war she married a Danish engineer and moved abroad eventually residing in USA. Inge Sørensen was born in Skovshoved, Denmark, the daughter of a fishmonger in 1924. She began swimming at age 3 in the harbor of Skovshoved north of Copenhagen and won her first Danish championship age 11 in 1936 on 200 m breaststroke. Because of this she was selected for the Olympic Games in Berlin the same year. At the Olympic Games at age 12 she won a bronze medal on 200 m breaststroke. She is the youngest medal-winner at the Olympic Games in an individual competition. Her final on August 11 was the first event to be broadcast live on air by Danish radio, which itself was a sensation. During the games she got the nickname Lille henrivende Inge (Little Lovely Inge). On return from Berlin she and the other Danish female medal-winner, Ragnhild Hveger, received a chaotic welcome in Copenhagen. Between 1936 and 1938 Inge Sørensen improved her times in swimming though it was feared that puberty would slow her down. At the European championships in swimming in London 1938 she won a gold medal in 200 m breaststroke. She was not the only Danish woman with success because Denmark became best nation for female swimmers. The period 1939-1941 was the height of her career. In 1939 she broke the world record on 400 m and 500 m breaststroke and in 1941 she became the first Danish female swimmer under 3 minutes on 200 m breaststroke.
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