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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.

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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