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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Women's 300 metres Freestyle

Swimming at the 1920 Summer Games:

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 26, 1920
Date Finished: August 28, 1920

Gold: USA Ethelda Bleibtrey
Silver: USA Margaret Woodbridge
Bronze: USA Frances Schroth

Summary

As she had done on the 100, Ethelda Bleibtrey broke the world record for this event in both the heats and the finals. The old mark had been 4:43.6, set by Bleibtrey earlier in the year. This is the only time in Olympic history that the 300 metre freestyle has been contested. In 1924 and since, the women have competed over the more standard distance of 400 metres.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ethelda Bleibtrey 18 United States USA Gold WR
2 Margaret Woodbridge 18 United States USA Silver
3 Frances Schroth 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Connie Jeans 20 Great Britain GBR
5 Eleanor Uhl 18 United States USA
6 Jane Gylling 18 Sweden SWE
7 Violet Walrond 15 New Zealand NZL
3 h1 r1/2 Carin Nilsson 15 Sweden SWE
3 h3 r1/2 Aina Berg 18 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/2 Hilda James 15 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/2 Grace McKenzie 16 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/2 Suzanne Wurtz France FRA
5 h1 r1/2 Lily Beaurepaire 26 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/2 Ernestine Lebrun France FRA
5 h3 r1/2 Florence Sancroft 17 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r1/2 Barbara Nash South Africa RSA