Swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1928 Summer Olympics
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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 1928 Summer Olympics programme. It was the second appearance of the event, which was established in 1924 after 1920 a 300 metre event was held. The competition was held from Saturday August 4, 1928 to Monday August 6, 1928.

Twenty swimmers from nine nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Martha Norelius
United States (USA)
 Marie Braun
Netherlands (NED)
 Josephine McKim
United States (USA)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 5:49.6 United States Martha Norelius New York City (USA) June 30, 1928
Olympic Record 6:02.2 United States Martha Norelius Paris (FRA) July 15, 1924

In the first heat Martha Norelius set a new world record with 5:45.4 minutes. In the final she bettered her own record to 5:42.8 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Saturday August 4, 1928: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Martha Norelius (USA) 5:45.4 QQ WR
2  Cissie Stewart (GBR) 6:12.3 QQ
3  Truus Baumeister (NED) 6:26.4
4  Marguerite Ledoux (FRA)
5  Marie Bedford (RSA)
6  Dora Schönemann (GER) 6:37.0

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ethel McGary (USA) 6:04.6 QQ
2  Iris Tanner (GBR) 6:11.0 QQ
3  Edna Davey (AUS) 6:12.0
4  Charlotte Lehmann (GER) 6:28.0
5  Rhoda Rennie (RSA)
6  Georgina Roty (FRA)

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Josephine McKim (USA) 6:10.0 QQ
2  Kathleen Miller (NZL) 6:16.8 QQ
3  Fritzi Löwy (AUT) 6:20.0
4  Disa Lindberg (FIN)

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Marie Braun (NED) 5:53.8 QQ
2  Freddie van der Goes (RSA) 6:03.6 QQ
3  Edith Mayne (GBR) 6:10.4 qq
4  Reni Erkens (GER)

Semifinals[edit]

Sunday August 5, 1928: The fastest three in each semi-final advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Martha Norelius (USA) 5:58.0 QF
2  Freddie van der Goes (RSA) 6:01.6 QF
3  Cissie Stewart (GBR) 6:06.4 QF
4  Ethel McGary (USA)
5  Kathleen Miller (NZL)

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Marie Braun (NED) 5:54.6 QF
2  Josephine McKim (USA) 5:55.0 QF
3  Iris Tanner (GBR) 6:09.0 QF
4  Edith Mayne (GBR)

Final[edit]

Monday August 6, 1928:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Martha Norelius (USA) 5:42.8 WR
2  Marie Braun (NED) 5:57.8
3  Josephine McKim (USA) 6:00.2
4  Cissie Stewart (GBR) 6:07.0
5  Freddie van der Goes (RSA) 6:07.2
6  Iris Tanner (GBR) 6:11.6

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