Swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre freestyle

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Women's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Venue Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
Dates July 8–12
Competitors 27 from 8 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Australasia
Silver medal    Australasia
Bronze medal    Great Britain
  1920»
Swimming at the
1912 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
100 m   men   women
400 m men
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men
Breaststroke
200 m men
400 m men
Freestyle relay
4×100 m women
4×200 m men

The women's 100 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the first appearance of a women's event in Olympic swimming, followed closely by the 4x100 metre free relay. The competition was held from Monday July 8, 1912 to Friday July 12, 1912.

Twenty-seven swimmers from eight nations competed.

Durack also won the gold medal, with compatriot Wylie close behind for silver.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:20.6 United Kingdom Daisy Curwen Birkenhead (GBR) June 10, 1912
Olympic Record none

Belle Moore, swimming in the first heat, set the first Olympic record with 1:29.8 minutes. In the second heat Daisy Curwen bettered the record with 1:23.6 minutes. And in the fourth heat Fanny Durack set a new world record with 1:19.8 minutes.

Results[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

The top two in each heat advanced along with the fastest loser overall.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Belle Moore (GBR) 1:29.8 QS OR
2  Louise Otto (GER) 1:34.4 QS
3  Klara Milch (AUT) 1:37.2
4  Greta Johansson (SWE) 1:41.4
5  Tyyne Järvi (FIN) 1:42.4
 Aagot Norman (NOR) DNF

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Daisy Curwen (GBR) 1:23.6 QS OR
2  Jennie Fletcher (GBR) 1:26.2 QS
3  Berta Zahourek (AUT) 1:38.6
4  Josefa Kellner (AUT) 1:41.2
5  Karin Lundgren (SWE) 1:44.8
6  Sonja Johnsson (SWE)

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Mina Wylie (ANZ) 1:26.8 QS
2  Mary Langford (GBR) 1:28.0 QS
3  Hermine Stindt (GER) 1:29.2
4  Josephine Sticker (AUT) 1:31.8
5  Claire Guttenstein (BEL)
6  Elsa Björklund (SWE)

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Fanny Durack (ANZ) 1:19.8 QS WR
2  Irene Steer (GBR) 1:27.2 QS
3  Wally Dressel (GER) 1:28.6 qs
4  Margarete Adler (AUT) 1:34.4
5  Greta Carlsson (SWE)
6  Regina Kari (FIN)

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Grete Rosenberg (GER) 1:25.0 QS
2  Annie Speirs (GBR) 1:25.6 QS
3  Vera Thulin (SWE) 1:44.0

Semifinals[edit]

The top two from each heat and the faster of the two third place swimmers advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Fanny Durack (ANZ) 1:20.2 QF
2  Daisy Curwen (GBR) 1:26.8 QF
3  Annie Speirs (GBR) 1:27.0 qf
4  Belle Moore (GBR) 1:27.4
5  Mary Langford (GBR) 1:29.2
6  Louise Otto (GER) 1:32.0

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Mina Wylie (ANZ) 1:27.0 QF
2  Jennie Fletcher (GBR) 1:27.2 QF
3  Grete Rosenberg (GER) 1:29.2 *
4  Wally Dressel (GER) 1:33.4
 Irene Steer (GBR) DQ

Curwen had to undergo an operation for appendicitis and missed the final. Rosenberg advanced to the final to replace her.

Final[edit]

The final


Place Swimmer Time
1  Fanny Durack (ANZ) 1:22.2
2  Mina Wylie (ANZ) 1:25.4
3  Jennie Fletcher (GBR) 1:27.0
4  Grete Rosenberg (GER) 1:27.2
5  Annie Speirs (GBR) 1:27.4
 Daisy Curwen (GBR) DNS

References[edit]

  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 29 January 2007.