Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1948 Summer Olympics
Swimming pictogram.svg
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 event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between August 5 and 7 at the Empire Pool. This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 meters long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Ann Curtis
United States (USA)
Silver  Karen Harup
Denmark (DEN)
Bronze  Catherine Gibson
Great Britain (GBR)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ann Curtis United States 5:17.8 OR
2 Karen Margrethe Harup Denmark 5:21.2
3 Catherine Gibson Great Britain 5:22.5
4 Fernande Caroen Belgium 5:25.3
5 Brenda Helser United States 5:26.0
6 Piedade Coutinho Brazil 5:29.4
7 Fritze Carstensen Denmark 5:29.4
8 Nancy Lees United States 5:32.9

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]