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Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Tourelles Swimming Pool, Saint-Mandé
Date Started: July 13, 1924
Date Finished: July 15, 1924

Gold: USA Martha Norelius
Silver: USA Helen Wainwright
Bronze: USA Trudy Ederle

Summary

The favorite was Gertrude Ederle, who had broken multiple swimming world records since 1922, and would in 1926 become the first woman to swim the English Channel, but she had, for her, a poor Olympics, failing to win an individual gold medal. Martha Norelius was from an Olympic family, her father and coach Charles Norelius had appeared for Sweden in the swimming events of 1906, and would set world records at every distance between 200 and 1500 metres during her career. The 400 was her best distance and although just sixteen years old in 1924, she edged out her team-mates Wainwright and Ederle, who had led the field for most of the race, for the gold medal. Helen Wainwright achieved a rare feat in adding this silver to another she had won in the springboard diving event four years previously in Antwerp.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Martha Norelius 15 United States USA Gold OR
2 Helen Wainwright 18 United States USA Silver
3 Trudy Ederle 17 United States USA Bronze
4 Doris Molesworth 22 Great Britain GBR
AC r3/3 Gwitha Shand 19 New Zealand NZL DNF
3 h2 r2/3 Vera Tanner 17 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Connie Jeans 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/3 Hedevig Rasmussen 22 Denmark DEN
5 h1 r2/3 Mariette Protin France FRA
3 h2 r1/3 Truus Klapwijk 20 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/3 Vibeke Møller 19 Denmark DEN
3 h4 r1/3 Hjördis Töpel 20 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/3 Gulli Ewerlund 21 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/3 Gilberte Mortier France FRA
4 h3 r1/3 Jane Gylling 22 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/3 Rie Vierdag 18 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r1/3 Ernestine Lebrun France FRA
5 h3 r1/3 Eva Chaloupková Czechoslovakia TCH