Karen Muir passes away

Karen Muir passes away

Former South African swimming star Karen Muir, the youngest-ever world record holder in any sport, has died of breast cancer aged 60.

Muir set the world record in the 110-yards backstroke event at the 1965 ASA National Junior Championships in Blackpool when she was only 12 years, 10 months and 25 days old.

She would go on to set 15 world records in the backstroke at 100m, 200m, 110 yards, and 220 yards, but was never able to compete in the Olympic Games due to the sporting boycott imposed on her country in that time.

She also won 22 South African Championships and three US National Championships.

Muir was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980.

After retiring from her sport, she qualified as a doctor before emigrating to Canada, where she resided until her death.