Bidding for pieces of Olympic history

Wimbledon Guardian: This collection is up for auction This collection is up for auction

Olympics memorabilia collectors have the chance to buy a slice of history at auction.

Backstroke and freestyle swimmer Phyllis Harding competed for Great Britain at four Summer Olympics Games, winning her first medal at the tender age of 16.

Miss Harding, who was born in Wandsworth but grew up in Croydon, won Olympic silver in the inaugural 100m backstroke at the Paris Games in summer 1924, just a few months before her 17th birthday.

She attended the next three Olympics, becoming the first woman to compete in four successive Games.

The swimmer who held world records in the 100, 200 and 400 metre backstroke in 1932, retired in 1936.

The mother-of-two died in the early 1990s and now her haul of medals are going under the hammer.

As well as medals, other items include a cup awarded to her at Bologna in 1927, which was said to have been presented by Mussolini.

The lot, which is expected to fetch between £5,000 and £7,000, is sold with an official programme from the 1924 Games, as well as three original photographs from the 1935 Games which show Miss Harding carrying the British name board.

The auction by Dix Noonan Webb will take place on May 30.

For more information on the Lot visit dnw.co.uk

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