Swimming at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1952 Summer Olympics
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100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
100 m men   women
200 m men   women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

The women's 400 metre freestyle event at the 1952 Olympic Games took place between July 31 and August 2 at the Swimming Stadium. 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 metres long, this race consisted of sixteen lengths of the pool.


Gold  Valéria Gyenge
Hungary (HUN)
Silver  Éva Novák
Hungary (HUN)
Bronze  Evelyn Kawamoto
United States (USA)





Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Valéria Gyenge Hungary 5:12.1 OR
2 Éva Novák Hungary 5:13.7
3 Evelyn Kawamoto United States 5:14.6
4 Carolyn Green United States 5:16.5
5 Ragnhild Hveger Denmark 5:16.9
6 Éva Székely Hungary 5:17.9
7 Ana María Schultz Argentina 5:24.0
8 Greta Andersen Denmark 5:27.0

Key: OR = Olympic record