Swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

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1928 Summer Olympics
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The women's 100 metre backstroke was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1928 Summer Olympics programme. It was the second appearance of the event, which was established in 1924. The competition was held on Thursday August 9, 1928 and on Saturday August 11, 1928.

Twelve swimmers from seven nations competed.


Gold Silver Bronze
 Marie Braun
Netherlands (NED)
 Ellen King
Great Britain (GBR)
 Joyce Cooper
Great Britain (GBR)


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:22.0 Netherlands Willy den Turk Rotterdam (NED) July 10, 1927
Olympic Record 1:23.2 United States Sybil Bauer Paris (FRA) July 20, 1924

In the first heat Ellen King equalized the world record with 1:22.0 minutes. In the second heat Marie Braun bettered the world record to 1:21.6 minutes.



Thursday August 9, 1928: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced to the final.

Heat 1

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Ellen King (GBR) 1:22.0 QF =WR
2  Marian Gilman (USA) 1:24.0 QF
3  Ena Stockley (NZL) 1:25.4 qf

Heat 2

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Marie Braun (NED) 1:21.6 QF WR
2  Lisa Lindstrom (USA) 1:23.0 QF
3  Phyllis Harding (GBR) 1:27.8
4  Bonnie Mealing (AUS)

Heat 3

Place Swimmer Time Qual.
1  Eleanor Holm (USA) 1:23.6 QF
2  Joyce Cooper (GBR) 1:24.2 QF
3  Jeanne Grendel (NED) 1:26.2
4  Else Jacobsen (DEN) 1:31.5
5  Marie-Jeanne Bernard (LUX)


Saturday August 11, 1928:

Place Swimmer Time
1  Marie Braun (NED) 1:22.0
2  Ellen King (GBR) 1:22.2
3  Joyce Cooper (GBR) 1:22.8
4  Marian Gilman (USA) 1:24.2
5  Eleanor Holm (USA) 1:24.4
 Lisa Lindstrom (USA) 1:24.4
7  Ena Stockley (NZL) 1:24.4