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 Australia's Dawn Fraser, a former Olympian, waves to the crowd at the swimming finals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, March 18, 2006. REUTERS/David Gray
Australia's Dawn Fraser, a former Olympian, waves to the crowd at the swimming finals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, March 18, 2006. REUTERS/David Gray
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Australia swimming great Fraser fights off intruder

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian swimming great Dawn Fraser fought off an intruder at her home at the weekend, the 71-year-old, four-times Olympic gold medalist told local television Monday.

Fraser, who won four gold and four silver medals during the Melbourne, Rome and Tokyo Games (1956-64), including three consecutive golds in the 100m freestyle, said she got "annoyed" when the attacker threatened to kill her.

"This guy came out of the gate and grabbed me and I grabbed him by the ear and I kicked him in the groin," Fraser, who lives on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, told Sky News.

"So he had to let me go and he threatened my life, and I got really annoyed about that and just grabbed him by the ear and the hair."

A male friend who was present made the man lie on the ground until police arrived, Fraser added.

Fraser said the man had intended to rob her home, but a police spokesman told Australian Associated Press that the matter was being treated as a trespassing incident and no charges had been laid.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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