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Tilly van der Zwaard (18 January 1938 – 6 February 2019) was a middle distance runner from the Netherlands.[1] At the 1962 European Athletics Championships in Belgrade she won a bronze medal in the 400 m event, behind Maria Itkina of the Soviet Union and Joy Grieveson of Great Britain.[2]

Tilly van der Zwaard
Tilly van der Zwaard 1 in 2010.jpg
Tilly van der Zwaard in 2010
Personal information
Born(1938-01-18)18 January 1938
Leiden, the Netherlands
Died6 February 2019(2019-02-06) (aged 81)[citation needed]
Edgewater, Florida, USA
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
SportMiddle distance running
ClubSagitta, Amsterdam

Van der Zwaard twice represented her native country in the 400 m event at the Summer Olympics, in 1964 and 1968. Her best achievement was sixth place in 1964.[3]

She was born Mathilda Catrina van der Zwaard. On 25 November 1964 she married Ger van der Made[4] and changed her name to van der Made-van der Zwaard.[3] After divorce she dropped van der Made from her name. She died in February 2019.[1]


  1. ^ a b Tilly van der Zwaard overleden
  2. ^ "European Championships (Women)". Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b Tilly van der Made-van der Zwaard.
  4. ^ Huwelijk Tilly van der Zwaard met G. van der Made te Aalsmeer. Dutch Nationaal Archief
Tilly van der Zwaard with husband and daughter Eveline in July 1966