Swimming at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Women's 400 metre freestyle
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
Date July 13–15
Competitors 18 from 8 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    United States
  1928»
Swimming at the
1924 Summer Olympics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Freestyle
100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men   women
Breaststroke
200 m men   women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

The women's 400 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1924 Summer Olympics programme. It was the first appearance of the event, in 1920 a 300 metre race was contested. The competition was held from Sunday July 13, 1924 to Tuesday July 15, 1924.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1924 Summer Olympics.

World Record 5:53.2 United States Gertrude Ederle Indianapolis (USA) August 4, 1922
Olympic Record - none - -

In the first heat Gertrude Ederle set the first Olympic record for this event with 6:12.2 minutes. In the final Martha Norelius won with the new Olympic record of 6:02.2 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Sunday July 13, 1924: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Gertrude Ederle (USA) 6:12.2 QQ OR
2  Doris Molesworth (GBR) 6:28.6 QQ
3  Hedevig Rasmussen (DEN) 6:58.2 qq
4  Gurli Ewerlund (SWE) 7:05.4
5  Ernestine Lebrun (FRA) 7:06.4

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Martha Norelius (USA) 6:23.2 QQ
2  Constance Jeans (GBR) 6:34.6 QQ
3  Truus Klapwijk (NED) 7:15.0
4  Gilberte Mortier (FRA) 7:35.0

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Helen Wainwright (USA) 6:46.8 QQ
2  Mariette Protin (FRA) 6:58.2 QQ
3  Vibeke Møller (DEN) 7:02.2
4  Jane Gylling (SWE) 7:55.0
5  Eva Chaloupková (TCH) 8:14.0

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Gwitha Shand (NZL) 6:23.6 QQ
2  Iris Tanner (GBR) 6:35.4 QQ
3  Hjördis Töpel (SWE) 6:59.8
4  Maria Vierdag (NED) 7:02.4

Semifinals[edit]

Monday July 14, 1924: The fastest two in each semi-final and the faster of the two third-placed swimmer advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Helen Wainwright (USA) 6:19.6 QF
2  Doris Molesworth (GBR) 6:19.8 QF
3  Gwitha Shand (NZL) 6:24.4 qf
4  Constance Jeans (GBR) 6:37.8
5  Mariette Protin (FRA) 6:56.6

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Gertrude Ederle (USA) 6:23.8 QF
2  Martha Norelius (USA) 6:26.6 QF
3  Iris Tanner (GBR) 6:34.0
4  Hedevig Rasmussen (DEN) 6:55.2

Final[edit]

Tuesday July 15, 1924:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Martha Norelius (USA) 6:02.2 OR
2  Helen Wainwright (USA) 6:03.8
3  Gertrude Ederle (USA) 6:04.8
4  Doris Molesworth (GBR) 6:25.4
 Gwitha Shand (NZL) DNF

References[edit]