Swimming at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke
|Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XI Olympiad
|Venue||Olympiapark Schwimmstadion Berlin|
|Date||8 August (heats)
9 August (semifinals)
11 August (final)
|Competitors||23 from 12 nations|
|Swimming at the
1936 Summer Olympics
The women's 200 metre breaststroke event, included in the swimming competition at the 1936 Summer Olympics, took place on August 8–11, at the Olympiapark Schwimmstadion Berlin. In this event, swimmers covered four lengths of the 50-metre (160 ft) Olympic-sized pool employing the breaststroke. It was the fourth appearance of the event, which first appeared at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. A total of 23 competitors from 12 nations participated in the event. The world record holder at the time, Japanese Hideko Maehata, won the event four years after losing the gold medal to Australian Clare Dennis by one tenth of a second. 14 year-old German silver medalist Martha Genenger broke the Olympic record in her heat on August 8, but Maebata broke it again in the next heat with a time of 3:01.9 seconds. Danish Inge Sørensen won the bronze medal, becoming the youngest ever female Olympic medalist (12 years, 24 days). Sørensen's compatriot Valborg Christensen was favoured to win a medal in this event, but she was elminated after finishing fifth in her semifinal.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were:
|World record||Hideko Maehata (JPN)||3:00.4 s||Tokyo, Japan||30 September 1933|||
|Olympic record||Clare Dennis (AUS)||3:06.3 s||Los Angeles, United States||9 August 1932|||
The following records were established during the competition:
|August 8||Heat 2||Martha Genenger||Germany||3:02.9||OR|
|August 8||Heat 3||Hideko Maehata||Japan||3:01.9||OR|
Heat 1 
|5||Dorothy Schiller||United States||3:17.4||q|
|6||Vera Kingston||Great Britain||3:21.7|
Heat 2 
|1||Martha Genenger||Germany||3:02.9||Q, OR|
|5||Ann Govednik||United States||3:25.3|
Heat 3 
|1||Hideko Maehata||Japan||3:01.9||Q, OR|
|3||Margaret Gomm||Great Britain||3:15.7||Q|
|4||Iris Cummings||United States||3:21.9|
Heat 3 
|2||Doris Storey||Great Britain||3:10.8||Q|
The three fastest swimmers of both semifinals and the best fourth-place finisher advanced to the final on 11 August.
Semifinal 1 
Semifinal 2 
|3||Doris Storey||Great Britain||3:09.8||Q|
|7||Dorothy Schiller||United States||3:18.5|
|6||Doris Storey||Great Britain||3:09.7|
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