Scottish swimming star Helen Gordon dies aged 80

Helen Gordon

Helen Gordon, the first Scottish woman to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the pool, has died at the age of 80.

As a 16-year-old she triumphed in the 220-yard breaststroke in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1950.

Gordon picked up a relay bronze at the same Games and added two more Commonwealth golds in Vancouver four years later.

At the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, she was the only Briton to win a swimming medal, taking home a bronze.

Gordon was due to present medals at this month's Commonwealth Games in her home town of Glasgow.

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