Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

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Swimming at the
1948 Summer Olympics
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100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
100 m men   women
200 m men   women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

The women's 4×100 metre freestyle relay event at the 1948 Olympic Games took place on 4th and 6 August at the Empire Pool.[1] This swimming event used freestyle as a relay, with swimmers typically using the front crawl. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, each of the four swimmers completed two lengths of the pool. The first swimmer had to touch the wall before the second could leave the starting block; timing of the starts was thus important.


Gold Silver Bronze
 United States
Marie Corridon
Thelma Kalama
Brenda Helser
Ann Curtis
Eva Arndt
Karen Harup
Greta Andersen
Fritze Carstensen
Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher
Margot Marsman
Marie-Louise Linssen-Vaessen
Hannie Termeulen



Heat One
Place Swimmers Time Qual.
1  Eva Arndt-Riise, Karen Margrethe Harup, Greta Andersen, Fritze Carstensen and Elvi Svendsen (DEN) 4:33.5 QQ
2  Marie Corridon, Thelma Kalama, Brenda Helser, and Ann Curtis (USA) 4:34.1 QQ
3  Patricia Nielsen, Margaret Wellington, Lillian Preece, and Cathie Gibson (GBR) 4:36.1 QQ
4  Josette Arène, Gisèle Vallerey, Colette Thomas, Ginette Jany-Sendral and Marie Foucher-Creteau (FRA) 4:50.0 QQ
5  Enriqueta Duarte, Liliana Gonzalias, Adriana Camelli and Eileen Holt (ARG) 4:59.5
6  Kay McNamee, Joyce Court, Vivian King and Irene Strong (CAN) 5:04.5
Heat Two
Place Swimmers Time Qual.
1  Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher, Margot Marsman, Marie-Louise Linssen-Vaessen and Hannie Termeulen (NED) 4:31.3 QQ
2  Gisela Thidholm, Elisabeth Ahlgren, Marianne Lundquist and Ingegerd Fredin (SWE) 4:38.5 QQ
3  Mária Littomeritzky, Ilona Novák, Judit Temes and Éva Székely (HUN) 4:47.5 QQ
4  Eleonora Schmidt, Maria da Costa, Talita Rodrígues and Piedade Coutinho-Tavares (BRA) 4:51.4 QQ
5  Maria Huybrechts, Maria Oeyen, Maria Van Den Brand and Fernande Caroen (BEL) 4:54.9