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Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 7, 1928
Date Finished: August 9, 1928

Gold: GER Hilde Schrader
Silver: NED Marie Baron
Bronze: GER Lotte Mühe

Summary

[Marie Baron] had been disqualified in her heat at the Paris games after setting what would have been the fastest time of the whole event. She entered 1928 as the world record holder and with a chance of earning a gold medal for the host nation but the performance of two German swimmers over the course of the summer had changed the outlook for the event. [Lotte Mühe] broke Baron’s record just three weeks before the Games whilst the reigning European champion, [Hilda Schrader], was also in good form. Schrader broke the Olympic record in heat, equalled the world record in the semi-final and comfortably took the gold medal ahead of Baron and Muhe. Although Schrader’s time in the final was her slowest of the Games there was a mitigating factor, the champion suffered a “wardrobe malfunction” when one of the straps of her swimsuit broke. “I would have gone faster”, she said, “if I had not been so embarrassed”. The standard of this event had improved had improved greatly in the four years since Paris, 1924 silver medallist [Agnes Geraghty] swam 16 seconds faster but did not make the final. Geraghty’s compatriot [Jane Fauntz] was lucky even to make the Olympics, six months earlier she had suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hilde Schrader 18 Germany GER Gold
2 Marie Baron 20 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Lotte Mühe 18 Germany GER Bronze
4 Else Jacobsen 16 Denmark DEN
5 Peg Hoffman 16 United States USA
6 Brita Hazelius 19 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r2/3 Agnes Geraghty 20 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Greet van Norden 16 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r2/3 Elfriede Zimmermann Germany GER
5 h2 r2/3 Doris Thompson Australia AUS
6 h1 r2/3 Marianne Gustafsson 15 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r2/3 Jane Fauntz 17 United States USA
4 h1 r1/3 Cor van Gelder 24 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r1/3 Hedy Bienenfeld 20 Austria AUT
4 h3 r1/3 Dorothy Prior Canada CAN
4 h4 r1/3 Alice Stoffel 22 France FRA
5 h1 r1/3 Margery Hinton 12 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/3 Dora Gibbs 40 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r1/3 Mabel Hamblen 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/3 Róża Kajzer 18 Poland POL
6 h2 r1/3 Virginie Rausch 21 Luxembourg LUX