Thelma Kalama

Thelma H. Kalama (March 24, 1931 – May 17, 1999), later known by her married name Thelma Aiu, was an American competition swimmer and Olympic champion. She competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, where she won a gold medal in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay, together with her teammates Marie Corridon, Brenda Helser and Ann Curtis. The U.S. relay team set a new Olympic record of 4:29.2 in the event final.[1]

Thelma Kalama
Personal information
Full nameThelma H. Kalama
National team United States
Born(1931-03-24)March 24, 1931
Honolulu, Hawaii
DiedMay 17, 1999(1999-05-17) (aged 68)
Honolulu, Hawaii
ClubHawaii Swim Club
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing the United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1948 London 4×100 m freestyle relay

Kalama was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 1998,[2] and the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame as a posthumously member of its first class of honorees in 2002.[3]

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  1. ^ "1948 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom – Swimming" Archived 2007-08-26 at the Wayback Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, Thelma Kalama Aiu. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Wes Nakama, "Hawai'i Hall of Fame to induct first class," Honolulu Advertiser (November 23, 2002). Retrieved October 3, 2012.

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