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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 19, 1924
Date Finished: July 20, 1924

Gold: USA Ethel Lackie
Silver: USA Mariechen Wehselau
Bronze: USA Trudy Ederle


America’s female freestylers matched and perhaps even outperformed their male equivalents despite the USOC’s attempts to shield them from any imagined temptations by housing them well away from Paris and subjecting them to long journeys to and from the Olympic pool. All three Americans matched or bettered the world record in the heats and although the semi-finals saw the field edge up on them slightly, there was little doubt as to who would fill the medal positions. [Mariechen Wehselau] opened a lead on her compatriots at the half way mark but [Ethel Lackie], at seventeen marginally the youngest of the USA’s teenage trio, put on a finishing burst that took her to the wall just ahead of Wehselau with [Gertrude Ederle] back in third. Ederle remains to this day the youngest swimmer to set a world record which she did at the age of 12 years 298 days and was also the first woman to swim the English Channel.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ethel Lackie 17 United States USA Gold
2 Mariechen Wehselau 17 United States USA Silver
3 Trudy Ederle 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Connie Jeans 24 Great Britain GBR
5 Vera Tanner 17 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r2/3 Gwitha Shand 19 New Zealand NZL
4 h1 r2/3 Rie Vierdag 18 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r2/3 Mariette Protin France FRA
5 h1 r2/3 Florence Barker Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/3 Agnete Olsen 14 Denmark DEN
3 h2 r1/3 Ernestine Lebrun France FRA
3 h3 r1/3 Hedevig Rasmussen 22 Denmark DEN
4 h2 r1/3 Wivan Pettersson 20 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/3 Gulli Ewerlund 21 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/3 Hjördis Töpel 20 Sweden SWE
5 h2 r1/3 Karen Maud Rasmussen 17 Denmark DEN