Rie Mastenbroek

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Rie Mastenbroek
Rie Mastenbroek 1936.jpg
Rie Mastenbroek in 1936
Medal record
Women’s swimming
Competitor for the  Netherlands
Summer Olympics
Gold 1936 Berlin 100 m freestyle
Gold 1936 Berlin 400 m freestyle
Gold 1936 Berlin 4×100 m freestyle
Silver 1936 Berlin 100 m backstroke
European Championships
Gold 1934 Magdeburg 400 m freestyle
Gold 1934 Magdeburg 100 m backstroke
Gold 1934 Magdeburg 4×100 m freestyle
Silver 1934 Magdeburg 100 m freestyle

Hendrika "Rie" Wilhelmina Mastenbroek (26 February 1919 – 6 November 2003) was a Dutch swimmer and a triple Olympic champion.[1]


Born in Rotterdam, South Holland, she started swimming under the coaching of "Ma" Braun, who had coached her daughter to an Olympic gold medal in 1928. In 1934, Mastenbroek won three gold medals and a silver at the European Championships.[2]

She repeated that performance at the 1936 Summer Olympics, aged only 17, winning the 100 m freestyle, 400 m freestyle and the 4×100 m freestyle. In the 100 m backstroke, she finished second behind teammate Nida Senff. (Senff missed a turning point and had to swim back before completing the last 50 m. She nevertheless beat Mastenbroek thanks to an outstanding last leg.)[1]

The following year she became a swimming instructor, thereby losing her amateur status and becoming ineligible for competition.

During her career she broke nine world records (six for backstroke and three for freestyle). In 1968 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. In 1997 she received the Olympic Order.

She died at age 84 in Rotterdam. After her death, Stichting Aquarius named the Rie Mastenbroek Trophy after her.


  1. ^ a b Rie Mastenbroek. sports-reference.com