Lyn Bell

Lynette "Lyn" Bell (born 24 January 1947), also known by her married name Lynette Chipchase, was an Australian freestyle swimmer of the 1960s, who won the silver medal in the 4x100-metre freestyle relay at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Lyn Bell
Personal information
Full nameLynette Bell
National teamAustralia
Born (1947-01-24) 24 January 1947 (age 74)
New South Wales
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing Australia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1964 Tokyo 4×100 m freestyle
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1962 Perth 4×110 yd freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1966 Kingston 110 yd freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1966 Kingston 4×110 yd freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 1966 Kingston 4×110 yd medley

Coming from New South Wales, Bell spent the majority of her career in the shadow of fellow Australian Dawn Fraser. Making her debut in the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Bell was part of the winning 4x110-yard freestyle relay team, and placed 4th in the corresponding individual event. Two years later in Tokyo, Bell was a finalist in the 100-metre freestyle, won by Fraser. She combined with Fraser, Robyn Thorn and Janice Murphy to finish second, 3.1 seconds behind the United States team. At the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, she collected a silver in the 100-yard freestyle, as well as silver and bronze in the freestyle and medley relays respectively. Bell competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, reaching the semifinal and final of the 100-metre and 200-metre freestyle events respectively. She finished fourth as part of the freestyle relay.

See alsoEdit


  • Andrews, Malcolm (2000). Australia at the Olympic Games. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-7333-0884-8.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Lyn Bell". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.