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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

Swimming at the 1924 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 16, 1924
Date Finished: July 18, 1924

Gold: GBR Lucy Morton
Silver: USA Agnes Geraghty
Bronze: GBR Gladys Carson

Summary

The decisive moment of the inaugural Olympic women’s backstroke came after the very first heat when Marie Baron of the Netherlands was disqualified for “making an illegal turn”, she was alleged to have touched the wall with only one hand instead of both as required by the rules. Baron had set a time in her heat that was five seconds clear of any of her rivals and, with world record holder Irene Gilbert of Britain struggling with illness, would have left her a strong favourite for the victory. With the removal of Baron the mantle of favouritism fell on [Agnes Geraghty] of the USA, Geraghty would lead the final for three-quarters of the race but a burst of speed from the unheralded Lucy Morton brought an end to the American monopoly in the pool and a first individual gold in women’s swimming to Great Britain.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lucy Morton 26 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Agnes Geraghty 16 United States USA Silver
3 Gladys Carson 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Wivan Pettersson 20 Sweden SWE
5 Irene Gilbert 21 Great Britain GBR
6 Laury Koster 22 Luxembourg LUX
7 Hjördis Töpel 20 Sweden SWE
3 h2 r1/2 Eleanor Coleman 19 United States USA
3 h3 r1/2 Matilda Scheurich 13 United States USA
4 h1 r1/2 Odette Monard France FRA
4 h2 r1/2 Ella Molnár Hungary HUN
4 h3 r1/2 Běla Drážková Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h2 r1/2 Alice Stoffel 18 France FRA
5 h3 r1/2 Sophie Kieffert-Porte France FRA
AC h1 r1/2 Marie Baron 16 Netherlands NED DQ