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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 23, 1920
Date Finished: August 25, 1920

Gold: USA Ethelda Bleibtrey
Silver: USA Irene Guest
Bronze: USA Frances Schroth

Summary

The world and Olympic record was 1:16.2, which had been set by Fanny Durack, who won the 1912 Olympic gold medal. The United States’ Ethelda Bleibtrey was a laughable winner of this event. She set a world record of 1:14.4 in the heats and then improved that record in the finals, winning by almost 3½ seconds. Bleibtrey had only a brief career as an amateur but between 1920 and 1922 she was undefeated and won an AAU title at every distance from 50 yards to the long distance event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ethelda Bleibtrey 18 United States USA Gold WR
2 Irene Guest 19 United States USA Silver
3 Frances Schroth 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Connie Jeans 20 Great Britain GBR
5 Violet Walrond 15 New Zealand NZL
6 Jane Gylling 18 Sweden SWE
AC r2/2 Charlotte Boyle 20 United States USA DNF
3 h1 r1/2 Rie Beisenherz 18 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/2 Grace McKenzie 16 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/2 Yvonne Degraine 20 France FRA
4 h2 r1/2 Germaine Van Dievoet 20 Belgium BEL
4 h3 r1/2 Ernestine Lebrun France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Aina Berg 18 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r1/2 Suzanne Wurtz 19 France FRA
5 h3 r1/2 Barbara Nash South Africa RSA
6 h1 r1/2 Lillian Birkenhead 15 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/2 Carin Nilsson 15 Sweden SWE
6 h3 r1/2 Lily Beaurepaire 26 Australia AUS
7 h2 r1/2 Charlotte Radcliffe 16 Great Britain GBR