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Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 8, 1936
Date Finished: August 10, 1936

Gold: NED Rie Mastenbroek
Silver: ARG Jeannette Campbell
Bronze: GER Gisela Jacob-Arendt


Female American swimmers were not selected for the 1912 Games but since then had dominated the 100 metres freestyle. US women had won ten of a possible twelve medals and all the gold medallists had been American. [Willy den Ouden] was the silver medallist in Los Angeles whilst still only fourteen and the intervening years had seen her lower the world record on four occasions and by a total of two seconds. The time of 1:04.6 she set early in 1936 would stand until broken at the Melbourne Olympics twenty years later. Although den Ouden did not swim her very best in qualifying, she easily reached the final as [Jeannette Campbell] of Argentina and another young Dutchwoman, [Rie Mastenbroek], were winners of the semi-finals. Den Ouden faltered at the start and lost ground as Campbell and [Gisela Arendt] forged ahead. Rie Mastenbroek swam a patient race and although only fifth at the turn, she swam past tiring rivals and produced a sprint finish that propelled her past her opponents to touch the wall first. Campbell became the first South American woman to win an Olympic medal whilst Arendt, by then the mother of a six year old son, reappeared in Olympic competition in the 1952 Helsinki Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rie Mastenbroek 17 Netherlands NED Gold OR
2 Jeannette Campbell 20 Argentina ARG Silver
3 Gisela Jacob-Arendt 17 Germany GER Bronze
4 Willy den Ouden 18 Netherlands NED
5 Tini Wagner 16 Netherlands NED
6 Olive McKean 20 United States USA
7 Katherine Rawls 19 United States USA
4 h2 r2/3 Bernice Lapp 18 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Piedade Coutinho-Tavares 16 Brazil BRA
5 h2 r2/3 Evelyn de Lacy 18 Australia AUS
6 h1 r2/3 Phyllis Dewar 20 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/3 Olive Wadham 27 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/3 Kazue Kojima 19 Japan JPN
7 h2 r2/3 Margaret Stone 17 Canada CAN
8 h1 r2/3 Magda Lenkei 19 Hungary HUN
8 h2 r2/3 Ragnhild Hveger 15 Denmark DEN
4 h2 r1/3 Ilona Ács 16 Hungary HUN
4 h3 r1/3 Elvi Svendsen 16 Denmark DEN
4 h4 r1/3 Irma Schrameková 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h5 r1/3 Leni Lohmar 21 Germany GER
5 h1 r1/3 Eva Arndt-Riise 16 Denmark DEN
5 h2 r1/3 Irene Pirie-Milton 22 Canada CAN
5 h3 r1/3 Inge Schmitz 14 Germany GER
5 h4 r1/3 Kitty Mackay 21 Australia AUS
5 h5 r1/3 Renée Blondeau 18 France FRA
6 h1 r1/3 Margery Hinton 21 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r1/3 Tsuneko Furuta 15 Japan JPN
6 h3 r1/3 Vera Harsányi 16 Hungary HUN
6 h4 r1/3 Helena de Salles 17 Brazil BRA
7 h1 r1/3 Rei Takemura 17 Japan JPN
7 h3 r1/3 Zilpha Grant 17 Great Britain GBR
7 h4 r1/3 Yeung Sauking 17 China CHN
8 h1 r1/3 Scylla Venâncio 19 Brazil BRA