Wilhelmina von Bremen

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Wilhelmina von Bremen
Wilhelmina von Bremen 1983 Paraguay stamp.jpg
Personal information
Born August 13, 1909
San Francisco, California, United States
Died July 16, 1976 (aged 66)
Alameda, California, United States
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport Sprint running
Club Western Women's Club, San Francisco

Wilhelmina "Billie" von Bremen (August 13, 1909 – July 16, 1976) was an American sprint runner. At the 1932 Summer Olympics, she won an individual bronze medal in the 100 meters and a gold medal in the 4×100 meters relay.[1]


Von Bremen graduated from Western Women’s College in Ohio and ran for the Western Women's Club in her home city. She came second in the AAU meet in 1932 to Ethel Harrington. However Harrington was not meant to run and therefore von Bremen was declared the winner.[1]

In the first heat Marie Dollinger broke the 100 metres Olympic record with a time of 12.2 seconds.[2] This time was immediately improved by Stanisława Walasiewicz, who also set a world record.[3] However it was von Bremen who took the bronze.[1]

Von Bremen soon joined with teammates Mary Carew, Evelyn Furtsch and Annette Rogers to win the gold medal in the 4×100 meters in a world record time.