Swimming at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1932 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 100 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1932 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fifth appearance of the event, which was established in 1912. The competition was held on Saturday August 6, 1932 and on Monday August 8, 1932.

Twenty swimmers from ten nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Helene Madison
United States (USA)
 Willy den Ouden
Netherlands (NED)
 Eleanor Saville
United States (USA)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:06.6 United States Helene Madison Boston (USA) April 20, 1931
Olympic Record 1:11.0 United States Albina Osipowich Amsterdam (NED) August 11, 1928

In the second heat Joyce Cooper bettered the Olympic record with 1:09.0 minutes, in the third heat Helene Madison bettered the Olympic record with 1:08.9 minutes, in the fourth heat Eleanor Saville bettered the Olympic record with 1:08.5 minutes, in the first semi-finals Willy den Ouden bettered the Olympic record with 1:07.6 minutes. Finally Helene Madison set the new Olympic record in the final with 1:06.8 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Saturday August 6, 1932: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced to the final.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Corrie Laddé (NED) 1:12.1 QQ
2  Yvonne Godard (FRA) 1:12.2 QQ
3  Valerie Davies (GBR) 1:12.7
4  Hatsuho Matsuzawa (JPN) 1:17.1
5  Marjorie Linton (CAN) 1:19.9

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Joyce Cooper (GBR) 1:09.0 QQ OR
2  Josephine McKim (USA) 1:09.3 QQ
3  Frances Bult (AUS) 1:11.4 qq
4  Maria Vierdag (NED) 1:13.3
5  Irene Mullen (CAN) 1:15.2

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Helene Madison (USA) 1:08.9 QQ OR
2  Jenny Maakal (RSA) 1:11.0 QQ
3  Lilli Andersen (DEN) 1:11.6
4  Edna Hughes (GBR) 1:15.1
5  Kazue Kojima (JPN) 1:16.2

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Eleanor Saville (USA) 1:08.5 QQ OR
2  Willy den Ouden (NED) 1:09.2 QQ
3  Yukie Arata (JPN) 1:16.1
4  Irene Pirie (CAN) 1:16.3
5  Maria Lenk (BRA) 1:25.8

Semifinals[edit]

Sunday August 7, 1932: The fastest three in each semi-final advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Willy den Ouden (NED) 1:07.6 QQ OR
2  Eleanor Saville (USA) 1:08.8 QQ
3  Josephine McKim (USA) 1:08.8 QQ
4  Joyce Cooper (GBR) 1:09.2
5  Yvonne Godard (FRA) 1:14.1

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Helene Madison (USA) 1:09.9 QQ
2  Frances Bult (AUS) 1:10.2 QQ
3  Jenny Maakal (RSA) 1:10.6 QQ
4  Corrie Laddé (NED) 1:11.8

Final[edit]

Monday August 8, 1932:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Helene Madison (USA) 1:06.8 OR
2  Willy den Ouden (NED) 1:07.8
3  Eleanor Saville (USA) 1:08.2
4  Josephine McKim (USA) 1:09.3
5  Frances Bult (AUS) 1:09.9
6  Jenny Maakal (RSA) 1:10.8

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