Swimming at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1936 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 1936 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth appearance of the event, which was established in 1924 after 1920 a 300 metre event was held. The competition was held from Thursday August 13, 1936 to Saturday August 15, 1936.

Twenty swimmers from ten nations competed.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Rie Mastenbroek
Netherlands (NED)
 Ragnhild Hveger
Denmark (DEN)
 Lenore Wingard
United States (USA)

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1936 Summer Olympics.

World Record 5:16.0 Netherlands Willy den Ouden Rotterdam (NED) July 12, 1934
Olympic Record 5:28.5 United States Helene Madison Los Angeles (USA) August 13, 1932

Ragnhild Hveger set a new Olympic record in the first heat with 5:28.0 minutes. In the final Rie Mastenbroek bettered the Olympic record with 5:26.4 minutes.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Thursday August 13, 1936: The fastest three in each heat and the fastest fourth-placed from across the heats advanced to the semi-finals. Only two swimmers competed in heat two therefore only 15 swimmers advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ragnhild Hveger (DEN) 5:28.0 QQ OR
2  Lenore Wingard (USA) 5:34.0 QQ
3  Piedade Coutinho (BRA) 5:35.5 QQ
4  Gladys Morcom (GBR) 6:00.8
5  Vera Harsányi (HUN) 6:14.7

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Tini Wagner (NED) 5:57.5 QQ
2  Borbála Sóthy (HUN) 6:14.8 QQ

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Grete Frederiksen (DEN) 5:39.5 QQ
2  Ans Timmermans (NED) 5:42.5 QQ
3  Louisette Fleuret (FRA) 5:46.8 QQ
4  Hatsuko Morioka (JPN) 5:51.0 qq
5  Evelyn de Lacy (AUS) 5:51.9

Heat 4

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Inger Carlsen (DEN) 5:57.1 QQ
2  Margaret Jeffrey (GBR) 6:12.7 QQ
3  Mary Lou Petty (USA) 6:16.6 QQ

Heat 5

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Rie Mastenbroek (NED) 5:38.6 QQ
2  Irma Schrameková (TCH) 5:47.5 QQ
3  Kazue Kojima (JPN) 5:50.4 QQ
4  Ágnes Bíró (HUN) 6:14.3
5  Scylla Venancio (BRA) 6:23.0

Semifinals[edit]

Friday August 14, 1936: The fastest three in each semi-final and the fastest fourth-placed from across the heats advanced to the final. As both fourth placed swimmers set the same time both advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Rie Mastenbroek (NED) 5:40.3 QQ
2  Lenore Wingard (USA) 5:42.2 QQ
3  Grete Frederiksen (DEN) 5:42.5 QQ
4  Tini Wagner (NED) 5:45.9 qq
5  Irma Schrameková (TCH) 5:46.0
6  Hatsuko Morioka (JPN) 5:49.1
7  Borbála Sóthy (HUN) 6:11.2

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ragnhild Hveger (DEN) 5:33.7 QQ
2  Piedade Coutinho (BRA) 5:42.5 QQ
3  Kazue Kojima (JPN) 5:43.5 QQ
4  Mary Lou Petty (USA) 5:45.9 qq
5  Louisette Fleuret (FRA) 5:46.1
6  Ans Timmermans (NED) 5:49.4
7  Inger Carlsen (DEN) 5:55.0
8  Margaret Jeffrey (GBR) 6:07.2

Final[edit]

Saturday August 15, 1936:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Rie Mastenbroek (NED) 5:26.4 OR
2  Ragnhild Hveger (DEN) 5:27.5
3  Lenore Wingard (USA) 5:29.0
4  Mary Lou Petty (USA) 5:32.2
5  Piedade Coutinho (BRA) 5:35.2
6  Kazue Kojima (JPN) 5:43.1
7  Grete Frederiksen (DEN) 5:45.0
8  Tini Wagner (NED) 5:46.0

References[edit]