Swimming at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

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Swimming at the
1952 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 100 metre backstroke event at the 1952 Olympic Games took place on 29–31 July at the Swimming Stadium. This swimming event used the backstroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Joan Harrison
South Africa (RSA)
Silver  Geertje Wielema
Netherlands (NED)
Bronze  Jean Stewart
New Zealand (NZL)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Eight fastest swimmer advanced to the finals.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Geertje Wielema Netherlands 1:13.8 Q
2 Jean Stewart New Zealand 1:16.0 Q
3 Margaret McDowell Great Britain 1:17.5 Q
4 Barbara Stark United States 1:17.9 Q
5 Gerda Olsen Denmark 1:20.1
6 Anneli Haaranen Finland 1:21.7

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ria van der Horst Netherlands 1:17.0 Q
2 Gertrud Herrbruck Germany 1:17.8 Q
3 Mary Freeman United States 1:18.0
4 Edith de Oliveira Brazil 1:20.0
5 Lenora Fisher Canada 1:22.9
6 Irena Milnikiel Poland 1:25.5
7 Doris Gontersweiler-Vetterli Switzerland 1:26.5

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Joan Harrison South Africa 1:14.7 Q
2 Joke de Korte Netherlands 1:15.8 Q
3 Pauline Musgrave Great Britain 1:19.6
4 Magdolna Hunyadfy Hungary 1:19.6
5 Coralie O'Connor United States 1:19.7
6 Margareta Westeson Sweden 1:22.7
7 Erna Herbers Germany 1:23.1

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Joan Harrison South Africa 1:14.3 '
2 Geertje Wielema Netherlands 1:14.5
3 Jean Stewart New Zealand 1:15.8
4 Joke de Korte Netherlands 1:15.8
5 Barbara Stark United States 1:16.2
6 Gertrud Herrbruck Germany 1:18.0
7 Margaret McDowell Great Britain 1:18.4
Ria van der Horst Netherlands DSQ

Key: DSQ = Disqualified

References[edit]