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Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: RSA South Africa

Summary

The relay was held before the individual 100m freestyle and the result accurately foreshadowed what was to happen in that event. Only seven countries competed but qualifying heats were still needed to remove one team from the competition. This provided the opportunity for the American team to break the world record which had stood since 1924. Bolstered by the introduction of [Eleanor Garatti] and [Martha Norelius] to the team for the final, the USA swam off into the distance and took another large chunk off the world record. The British held off the Dutch for silver with South Africa touching ahead of Germany. The Netherlands were later disqualified for a faulty changeover and South Africa promoted to bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 South Africa RSA Bronze
4 Germany GER
5 France FRA
AC r2/2 Netherlands NED DQ
4 h1 r1/2 Denmark DEN