Rhodesia at the
1960 Summer Paralympics
in Rome
Competitors2 in ? sports
Ranked 11th
Summer Paralympics appearances (overview)
Rhodesia at Rome 1960
Rhodesia at Rome 1960

Rhodesia competed at the inaugural Summer Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome. It was the only African country to take part.[1] Rhodesia sent two competitors to the games, one of whom was Margaret Harriman, who competed in archery and swimming.[2] Harriman won a total of five medals, placing her country 11th out of 17 on the medal table. She took gold in both the archery events she participated in, and won a silver medal and two bronze in swimming.[3]


Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Margaret Harriman Archery Women's FITA round open
 Gold Margaret Harriman Archery Women's Windsor round open
 Silver Margaret Harriman Swimming Women's 50 metre crawl incomplete class 4
 Bronze Margaret Harriman Swimming Women's 50 metre backstroke incomplete class 4
 Bronze Margaret Harriman Swimming Women's 50 metre breaststroke incomplete class 4


Main article: Archery at the 1960 Summer Paralympics

Harriman's strongest event was archery. She won gold in both the events she entered, and would go on to repeat the same performance at the 1964 Games.

In the women's FITA round open, she faced two British archers: Comley (first name not recorded) and R. Irvine. With 962 points, ahead of Comley's 534 and Irvine's 494, she finished in a very comfortable first place, to become Rhodesia's first Paralympic champion.

In the women's Windsor round open, she took on the same two competitors and emerged victorious with a comfortable lead: 726 points, to Irvine's 533 and Comley's 468.[3]


Main article: Swimming at the 1960 Summer Paralympics

Just like all other events at the 1960 Paralympics, swimming races were held with no more than three swimmers per event, thereby guaranteeing a medal to every swimmer completing his or her race. Harriman entered three 50m races in the incomplete class 4.

In the backstroke, she swam against the German Zander and the Argentinian Djukich. Zander won by a large margin, in 54.3s, while Djukich (1:35.9) outswam Harriman (1:46.2) for second place. In the breaststroke, Zander also won comfortably (1:05.0), but the race for second place was tighter. Edwards of Great Britain took silver in 1:55.6, while Harriman finished third and last in 1:58.9. She was more successful in the crawl. Though she was more than twenty seconds slower than Zander, who claimed gold in 50.5s, her time of 1:10.8 was well ahead of Argentinian swimmer Galan's 1:38.6, enabling her to claim silver.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Participation Numbers: Rome 1960 Paralympic Games", International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ Little, Cliff (2008). "The Paralympic Protest Paradox: The Politics of Rhodesian Participation in the Paralympic Games, 1960–1980" (Pdf). Pathways: Critiques and Discourse in Olympic Research: 123–131. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Rhodesia at the 1960 Summer Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee