October 10, 2014

TOKYO (AP) While in Tokyo to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Olympics, Dawn Fraser recalled how the first games in Asia helped her overcome a personal tragedy.

The Australian swimming great won the 100-meter freestyle at a third consecutive Olympics, but only after overcoming serious injury from a car crash which claimed the life of her mother that same year. She spent nine weeks in a steel brace but recovered to swim an Olympic record in the final.

Fraser is in Tokyo this week with her daughter, her grandson, and 15 members of the 1964 Australia Olympic team.

The 1964 Games were a symbol of Japan's recovery from World War II.

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