Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1948 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 400 metre freestyle event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place between August 5 and 7 at the Empire Pool.[1] 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 meters long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Ann Curtis
 United States
Silver Karen Harup
 Denmark
Bronze Catherine Gibson
 Great Britain

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Cathie Gibson  Great Britain 5:26.9
2 Fernande Caroen  Belgium 5:29.2
3 Fritze Carstensen  Denmark 5:29.4
4 Nancy Lees  United States 5:29.6
5 Brenda Helser  United States 5:30.0
6 Piedade Coutinho-Tavares  Brazil 5:30.0
7 Karen Margrethe Harup  Denmark 5:31.7
8 Ann Curtis  United States 5:32.0
9 Colette Thomas  France 5:32.9
10 Gisela Thidholm  Sweden 5:34.5
11 Margaret Wellington  Great Britain 5:40.0
12 Patricia Nielsen  Great Britain 5:40.4
13 Denise Spencer  Australia 5:40.9
14 Magda Bruggemann  Mexico 5:43.8
15 Eileen Holt  Argentina 5:44.9
16 Vivian King  Canada 5:54.8
17 Kay McNamee  Canada 5:58.7
18 Enriqueta Duarte  Argentina 6:14.4
19 Greta Andersen  Denmark DNF

Semifinals[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Ann Curtis  United States 5:17.8 OR
2 Karen Margrethe Harup  Denmark 5:21.2
3 Catherine Gibson  Great Britain 5:22.5
4 Fernande Caroen  Belgium 5:25.3
5 Brenda Helser  United States 5:26.0
6 Piedade Coutinho  Brazil 5:29.4
7 Fritze Carstensen  Denmark 5:29.4
8 Nancy Lees  United States 5:32.9

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games: Women's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 21 September 2016.