Judy Guinness

Heather Seymour "Judy" Guinness (14 August 1910 – 24 October 1952) was a British fencer. She won a silver medal in the women's individual foil event at the 1932 Summer Olympics.[1][2] The judges had awarded her the gold medal but, in a noted gesture of fair play, she informed them they had failed to count two hits achieved by her Austrian opponent Ellen Preis.[3]

Judy Guinness
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winner of "fair play" in 1932
Personal information
Birth nameHeather Seymour Guinness
Full nameJudy Guinness Penn-Hughes
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Born(1910-08-14)14 August 1910
Dublin, Ireland
Died24 October 1952(1952-10-24) (aged 42)
Matabeleland North, Rhodesia
CountryUnited Kingdom

She was a daughter of Henry Guinness (d.1945), an Irish engineer, banker and politician. In 1934 she married the racing driver Clifton Penn-Hughes. He died in a plane crash and she remarried John Henning in 1942. She died in 1952 at Springhare Farm in Rhodesia.[2]


  1. ^ "Olympics Statistics: Judy Guinness". databaseolympics.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Judy Guinness Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  3. ^ "The 10 most sporting gestures", The Guardian, 29 March 2009

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