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

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Swimming at the
1948 Summer Olympics
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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.