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Karen Margrethe Harup Petersen (20 November 1924 – 19 July 2009[1]) was a Danish swimmer. She competed in four events at the 1948 Summer Olympics and won three medals: a gold in the 100 m backstroke and silvers in the 400 m and 4 × 100 m freestyle, placing fourth in the 100 m freestyle.

Karen Harup
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Karen Harup in 1947
Personal information
Born20 November 1924 in
Skovshoved, Denmark
Died19 July 2009 (aged 84)
Copenhagen, Denmark
ClubDKG, København

She won three more gold medals at the 1947 European Championships.[2] During her career she held 30 national titles and set two world records in freestyle relay events. In 1949 she retired from competitions and started a five decades long career of a swimming coach. In 1975 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Legenden fra OL i 1948 er død" [Legend from the Olympic Games 1948 has died]. Politiken. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Karen Magrethe Harup - Swimming". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ Karen Harup.
  4. ^ KAREN HARUP (DEN) 1975 Honor Swimmer. International Swimming Hall of Fame