Swimming at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 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 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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Helene Madison
United States (USA)
 Lenore Kight
United States (USA)
 Jenny Maakal
South Africa (RSA)

Records[edit]

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

World Record 5:31.0 United States Helene Madison Seattle (USA) February 3, 1931
Olympic Record 5:42.8 United States Martha Norelius Amsterdam (NED) August 6, 1928

In the third heat Lenore Kight set a new Olympic record with 5:40.9 minutes. Helene Madison set a new world record in the final with 5:28.5 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Thursday August 11, 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  Joyce Cooper (GBR) 5:56.7 QQ
2  Norene Forbes (USA) 5:57.8 QQ
3  Yvonne Godard (FRA) 5:57.8 qq
4  Irene Pirie (CAN) 6:22.2

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Helene Madison (USA) 5:44.5 QQ
2  Marie Braun (NED) 5:50.5 QQ
3  Betty Edwards (CAN) 6:27.2

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Lenore Kight (USA) 5:40.9 QQ OR
2  Puck Oversloot (NED) 5:50.3 QQ
3  Frances Bult (AUS) 6:03.0

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Jenny Maakal (RSA) 5:53.9 QQ
2  Lilli Andersen (DEN) 6:05.1 QQ
3  Hatsuko Morioka (JPN) 6:07.4
4  Ruth Kerr (CAN) 6:25.7

Semifinals[edit]

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.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Helene Madison (USA) 5:48.7 QQ
2  Jenny Maakal (RSA) 6:00.6 QQ
3  Norene Forbes (USA) 6:22.1 QQ
 Puck Oversloot (NED) DNS

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Lenore Kight (USA) 5:50.8 QQ
2  Yvonne Godard (FRA) 6:00.1 QQ
3  Joyce Cooper (GBR) 6:00.4 QQ
4  Lilli Andersen (DEN) 6:05.5
 Marie Braun (NED) DNS

Final[edit]

Saturday August 13, 1932:

Place Swimmer Time
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

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