Swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

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Women's 4×100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Venue Djurgårdsbrunnsviken
Date July 15
Competitors 16 from 4 nations
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
  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 4x100 metre freestyle relay was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the first appearance of the event, which along with the individual 100 metre freestyle marked the debut of women's Olympic swimming.

Only four teams entered. Australasia, which had had the top two swimmers in the individual competition, did not have any other women present to make a relay team and so did not compete. Great Britain, with two of the individual finalists, won the gold while Germany took silver and Austria won bronze over the host Swedes. The competition was held on Monday July 15, 1912.

Sixteen swimmers from four nations competed.

Records[edit]

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

World Record - none - -
Olympic Record - none - -

The time set by the British team is also the first official world record.

Results[edit]

Final[edit]

The start of the race


Place Swimmers Time
1  Belle Moore, Jennie Fletcher, Annie Speirs, Irene Steer (GBR) 5:52.8 WR
2  Wally Dressel, Louise Otto, Hermine Stindt, Grete Rosenberg (GER) 6:04.6
3  Margarete Adler, Klara Milch, Josephine Sticker, Berta Zahourek (AUT) 6:17.0
4  Greta Carlsson, Greta Johansson, Sonja Johnsson, Vera Thulin (SWE)

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". Retrieved 29 January 2007.  (Polish)