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Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 4, 1928
Date Finished: August 6, 1928

Gold: USA Martha Norelius
Silver: NED Zus Philipsen-Braun
Bronze: USA Josephine McKim


The reigning champion, [Martha Norelius] of the USA, had improved considerably since Paris and entered the Games as a hot favourite. Norelius lived up to her reputation by smashing the world record in her heat although a rival emerged in the form of the teenaged European champion [Zus Braun] from the host country, who was the only other competitor to break the six minute barrier. The Dutchwoman continued to impress in the semi-final but the American was a dominant force in the final and improved her own record again. To the approval of the Dutch crowd, Braun took the silver medal ahead of [Josephine McKim] of the USA. Norelius later married the rower [Joe Wright, Jr.], who won a silver medal for Canada at these same games, although the two eventually divorced.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Martha Norelius 19 United States USA Gold WR
2 Zus Philipsen-Braun 16 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Josephine McKim 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Cissie Stewart 16 Great Britain GBR
5 Freddie van der Goes 19 South Africa RSA
6 Vera Tanner 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Ethel McGary 20 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Edith Mayne 22 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Kay Miller 19 New Zealand NZL
3 h1 r1/3 Truus Baumeister 20 Netherlands NED
3 h2 r1/3 Edna Davey Australia AUS
3 h3 r1/3 Fritzi Löwy 17 Austria AUT
4 h1 r1/3 Marguerite Ledoux France FRA
4 h2 r1/3 Lotte Lehmann 21 Germany GER
4 h3 r1/3 Disa Lindberg 18 Finland FIN
4 h4 r1/3 Reni Erkens 18 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/3 Mary Bedford 21 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r1/3 Rhoda Rennie 19 South Africa RSA
6 h1 r1/3 Dora Schönemann Germany GER
6 h2 r1/3 Georgina Roty France FRA