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Eileen Armstrong

Eileen Armstrong
  • Born: 11 January 1894
  • Died: 12 March 1981

Eileen Armstrong

No British female diver has matched or bettered the achievement of Eileen Armstrong.

In the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, Armstrong won a silver medal in the 10m Platform final.

She remains to this day the highest-placed British female diver to compete in the Olympic Games.

Born in Hendon, Middlesex, Armstrong was a member of the Mermaid Ladies Swimming Club in London, which produced a number of swimming and diving Olympians.

She also competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics but was eliminated in the first round of the 10m Platform competition in the first round after finishing sixth in her heat.

Armstrong also took part in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic trials, winning the 3m Springboard, but the overall standard of divers was considered not good enough to send a team.

She was later appointed the secretary of the London Ladies Water Polo Association, organising tours for foreign teams.