Enith Sijtje Maria Brigitha is 61 now but in the 1970’s, she was a highly competitive leading swimmer. She is the 1st black athlete to win a swimming medal in the Olympics.
Brigitha represented the Netherlands twice in the Olympics. Her first appearance was at the Summer Olympics, in 1972 in Munich, West Germany.
At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, she won 2 bronze medals in the women’s 100 m and 200 m freestyle.
Brigitha was named ‘Dutch Sportswoman of the Year’ in 1973 and 1974.
THE EAST GERMANY CONTROVERSY: Two East Germans beat Brigitha in the 100m freestyle at the 1976 Olympics but it’s been proven East Germany participated in systematic doping of it’s athletes at those games.
Other athletes have called for Brigitha to be officially awarded the gold in the 100m freestyle and silver in the 200m freestyle.
Shirley Babashoff, an American Olympian, has been very outspoken about this issue. She supports Brigitha and swimmers from other countries who were adversely affected by the East German illegal practices.
Brigitha has stated she considers herself a Olympic Gold Medalist.
Enith Brigitha has a total of 14 medals, which include medals from the Summer Olympics, World Championships and European Championships.