Swimming at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle
|Swimming at the
1932 Summer Olympics
The women's 400 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1932 Summer Olympics programme. It was the third appearance of the event, which was established in 1924 after 1920 a 300 metre event was held. The competition was held on Thursday August 11, 1932 and on Saturday August 13, 1932.
Fourteen swimmers from nine nations competed.
| Helene Madison
United States (USA)
| Lenore Kight
United States (USA)
| Jenny Maakal
South Africa (RSA)
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||5:31.0||Helene Madison||Seattle (USA)||February 3, 1931|
|Olympic Record||5:42.8||Martha Norelius||Amsterdam (NED)||August 6, 1928|
Thursday August 11, 1932: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced to the final.
|1||Joyce Cooper (GBR)||5:56.7|
|2||Norene Forbes (USA)||5:57.8|
|3||Yvonne Godard (FRA)||5:57.8|
|4||Irene Pirie (CAN)||6:22.2|
|1||Helene Madison (USA)||5:44.5|
|2||Marie Braun (NED)||5:50.5|
|3||Betty Edwards (CAN)||6:27.2|
|1||Lenore Kight (USA)||5:40.9||QQ OR|
|2||Puck Oversloot (NED)||5:50.3|
|3||Frances Bult (AUS)||6:03.0|
|1||Jenny Maakal (RSA)||5:53.9|
|2||Lilli Andersen (DEN)||6:05.1|
|3||Hatsuko Morioka (JPN)||6:07.4|
|4||Ruth Kerr (CAN)||6:25.7|
Friday August 12, 1932: The fastest three in each semi-final advanced to the final. Marie Braun was not able to compete in the semi-finals. She had to stay in hospital due to blood poisoning after an infection officially caused by a mosquito bite.
|1||Helene Madison (USA)||5:48.7|
|2||Jenny Maakal (RSA)||6:00.6|
|3||Norene Forbes (USA)||6:22.1|
|—||Puck Oversloot (NED)||DNS|
|1||Lenore Kight (USA)||5:50.8|
|2||Yvonne Godard (FRA)||6:00.1|
|3||Joyce Cooper (GBR)||6:00.4|
|4||Lilli Andersen (DEN)||6:05.5|
|—||Marie Braun (NED)||DNS|
Saturday August 13, 1932:
|1||Helene Madison (USA)||5:28.5 WR|
|2||Lenore Kight (USA)||5:28.6|
|3||Jenny Maakal (RSA)||5:47.3|
|4||Joyce Cooper (GBR)||5:49.7|
|5||Yvonne Godard (FRA)||5:54.4|
|6||Norene Forbes (USA)||6:06.0|
- Olympic Report
- Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 2 November 2008.