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Mariechen Wehselau

Full name: Mariechen M. Wehselau (-Jackson)
Gender: Female
Born: May 15, 1906 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Died: July 1992 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Outrigger Canoe Club, Honolulu (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Mariechen Wehselau, whose first name means "Little Marie" in German, was born of German parents who had moved to Hawai'i, and she was the first great woman swimmer from the island paradise. At the 1924 Olympics she set a world record of 1:12.2 in winning the first heat of the 100m freestyle, but could not quite repeat that form in the final and lost to Ethel Lackie, who won by a touch in 1:12.4. She set a second world record later in the Games as a member of the winning relay team. After the Games she returned to Hawai'i, where she became a swim coach for several years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 17 Paris Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
1924 Summer 17 Paris Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 17 Paris Swimming United States Final 2 1:12.8
1924 Summer 17 Paris Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:15.2
1924 Summer 17 Paris Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 QU/WR 1:12.2

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 17 Paris Swimming United States USA Final Standings 1 WR 4:58.8
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