Vivienne Maria Rignall (born 10 January 1973) is a New Zealand former swimmer, who specialised in sprint freestyle events.[1] Rignall represented New Zealand, as a 27-year-old, at the 2000 Summer Olympics, and eventually, at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, where she became a sixth-place finalist in the 50 m freestyle. She also holds a dual residency status to compete internationally for her parents' homeland.

Vivienne Rignall
Personal information
Full nameVivienne Maria Rignall
National team New Zealand
Born (1973-01-10) 10 January 1973 (age 47)
Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)

Rignall competed only in the women's 50 m freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She achieved a FINA A-standard of 25.85, a national record, from the German Championships in Berlin.[2][3] Rignall shared a ninth seed with Sweden's Anna-Karin Kammerling in the semifinals at 25.61, but missed a spot for the top 8 final by 12-hundredths of a second.[4] Earlier in the prelims, she posted fourth-seeded time and a New Zealand record of 25.52 from the final of ten heats, pulling herself off with a seventh-place finish.[5][6]

At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, Rignall failed to attain a medal for New Zealand in the 50 m freestyle, finishing sixth with a time of 26.02.[7]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Vivienne Rignall". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Startlist (Heat 10)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Swimming: Rignall powers to two more national records". New Zealand Herald. 21 June 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Semifinal 2" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 162. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Swimming: Record effort from Rignall". New Zealand Herald. 22 September 2000. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  6. ^ Whitten, Phillip (22 September 2000). "Olympic Day 7 Prelims (50 Free, 1500 Free, 400 Medley Relay)". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  7. ^ Whitten, Phillip (3 August 2002). "Welsh Wins 100 Back at Commonwealth Games, Stymies Thorpe's Bid for 7 Gold: Norris Wins Third Gold". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

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