Swimming at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Women's 300 metre freestyle

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Women's 300 metre freestyle
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Stade Nautique d'Antwerp
Dates August 26–28
Competitors 16 from 7 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
Swimming at the
1920 Summer Olympics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Freestyle
100 m men   women
300 m   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 300 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1920 Summer Olympics programme. It was the first appearance of the event, which was later adjusted to 400 metres to match the men's competition.

A total of 16 swimmers from seven nations competed in the event, which was held on Thursday, August 26 and on Saturday, August 28, 1920.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4:56.2 Australia Fanny Durack  ? 1912
Olympic Record - none - -

In the first semi-final Ethelda Bleibtrey set a new world record with 4:41.4 minutes. She bettered her own record in the final with 4:34.0 minutes.

Results[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Thursday, August 26, 1920: The fastest two in each semi-final and the fastest third-placed from across the semi-finals advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ethelda Bleibtrey (USA) 4:41.4 Q WR
2  Constance Jeans (GBR) 4:57.8 Q
3  Carin Nilsson (SWE) 5:07.0
4  Hilda James (GBR) 5:07.2
5  Lily Beaurepaire (AUS)

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Margaret Woodbridge (USA) 4:56.6 Q
2  Violet Walrond (NZL) 5:04.6 Q
3  Jane Gylling (SWE) 5:04.8 q
4  Grace McKenzie (GBR)
5  Ernestine Lebrun (FRA)

Semifinal 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Eleanor Uhl (USA) 5:02.0 Q
2  Frances Schroth (USA) 5:03.2 Q
3  Aina Berg (SWE) 5:29.6
4  Suzanne Wurtz (FRA) 5:33.0
5  Florence Sancroft (GBR)
6  Barbara Nash (RSA)

Final[edit]

Saturday, August 28, 1920:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Ethelda Bleibtrey (USA) 4:34.0 WR
2  Margaret Woodbridge (USA) 4:42.8
3  Frances Schroth (USA) 4:52.0
4  Constance Jeans (GBR) 4:52.4
5  Eleanor Uhl (USA)
6  Jane Gylling (SWE)
7  Violet Walrond (NZL)

References[edit]

  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report (in French). 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 2 May 2008.