Swimming at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Women's 300 metre freestyle

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Women's 300 metre freestyle
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Stade Nautique d'Antwerp
Dates August 26–28
Competitors 16 from 7 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ethelda Bleibtrey  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Margaret Woodbridge  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Frances Schroth  United States

The women's 300 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1920 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the first appearance of the event, which was later adjusted to 400 metres to match the men's competition.

A total of 16 swimmers from seven nations competed in the event, which was held on Thursday, August 26 and on Saturday, August 28, 1920.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4:56.2 Australia Fanny Durack  ? 1912
Olympic Record - none - -

In the first semi-final Ethelda Bleibtrey set a new world record with 4:41.4 minutes. She bettered her own record in the final with 4:34.0 minutes.

Results[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

Thursday, August 26, 1920: The fastest two in each semi-final and the fastest third-placed from across the semi-finals advanced.

Semifinal 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ethelda Bleibtrey (USA) 4:41.4 Q WR
2  Constance Jeans (GBR) 4:57.8 Q
3  Carin Nilsson (SWE) 5:07.0
4  Hilda James (GBR) 5:07.2
5  Lily Beaurepaire (AUS)

Semifinal 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Margaret Woodbridge (USA) 4:56.6 Q
2  Violet Walrond (NZL) 5:04.6 Q
3  Jane Gylling (SWE) 5:04.8 q
4  Grace McKenzie (GBR)
5  Ernestine Lebrun (FRA)

Semifinal 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Eleanor Uhl (USA) 5:02.0 Q
2  Frances Schroth (USA) 5:03.2 Q
3  Aina Berg (SWE) 5:29.6
4  Suzanne Wurtz (FRA) 5:33.0
5  Florence Sancroft (GBR)
6  Barbara Nash (RSA)

Final[edit]

Saturday, August 28, 1920:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Ethelda Bleibtrey (USA) 4:34.0 WR
2  Margaret Woodbridge (USA) 4:42.8
3  Frances Schroth (USA) 4:52.0
4  Constance Jeans (GBR) 4:52.4
5  Eleanor Uhl (USA)
6  Jane Gylling (SWE)
7  Violet Walrond (NZL)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games: Women's 300 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report (in French). 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 2 May 2008.