Swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

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Women's 4×100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the V Olympiad
Belle Moore, Jennie Fletcher, Annie Speirs, Irene Steer 1912.jpg
Belle Moore, Jennie Fletcher, Annie Speirs and Irene Steer at the 1912 Olympics
DateJuly 15
Competitors16 from 4 nations
1st, gold medalist(s)  Great Britain (GBR)
Jennie Fletcher, Belle Moore, Annie Speirs, Irene Steer
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Germany (GER)
Wally Dressel, Louise Otto, Grete Rosenberg, Hermine Stindt
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Austria (AUT)
Margarete Adler, Klara Milch, Josephine Sticker, Berta Zahourek
1920 →

The women's 4×100 metre freestyle relay was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the first appearance of the event, which along with the individual 100 metre freestyle marked the debut of women's Olympic swimming.

Only four teams entered the event: Australasia, whose swimmers finished first and second in the individual 100m freestyle, did not have any other women present to make a relay team, and a request for their swimmers to swim two legs each was rejected.

Great Britain, with two of the individual finalists, won the gold. Germany took silver and Austria won bronze over the host Swedes. The competition was held on Monday July 15, 1912.

Sixteen swimmers from four nations competed.


There were no standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record - none - -
Olympic Record - none - -

Therefore, the time set by the British team was also the first official world record.



The start of the race
Place Swimmers Time
1  Belle Moore, Jennie Fletcher, Annie Speirs, Irene Steer (GBR) 5:52.8 WR
2  Wally Dressel, Louise Otto, Hermine Stindt, Grete Rosenberg (GER) 6:04.6
3  Margarete Adler, Klara Milch, Josephine Sticker, Berta Zahourek (AUT) 6:17.0
4  Greta Carlsson, Greta Johansson, Sonja Johnsson, Vera Thulin (SWE)


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