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Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 8, 1936
Date Finished: August 11, 1936

Gold: JPN Hideko Maehata
Silver: GER Martha Genenger
Bronze: DEN Inge Sørensen


[Hideko Maehata] of Japan entered the Olympic Games as a strong favourite to become the first Asian woman to claim an Olympic title. She had held the world record since 1933. Maehata was severely challenged in the final by a fourteen year old German by the name of [Martha Geneger]. For 150m the two women fought stroke-for-stroke for the lead but the superior stamina of the Japanese pulled her through for the victory. [Inge Sørensen] of Denmark, the bronze medallist, was twelve years and 24 days old and the youngest Olympic medallist in an individual event.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hideko Maehata 22 Japan JPN Gold
2 Martha Genenger 24 Germany GER Silver
3 Inge Sørensen 12 Denmark DEN Bronze
4T Hanni Hölzner 23 Germany GER
4T Jopie Waalberg 16 Netherlands NED
6 Doris Storey 16 Great Britain GBR
7 Jenny Kastein 23 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r2/3 Kerstin Isberg 22 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/3 Trude Wollschläger 23 Germany GER
5 h2 r2/3 Valborg Christensen 19 Denmark DEN
6 h1 r2/3 Margaret Gomm 15 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Unoko Tsuboi 18 Japan JPN
7 h1 r2/3 Maria Lenk 21 Brazil BRA
7 h2 r2/3 Dorothy Schiller 20 United States USA
4 h2 r1/3 Anja Lappalainen 18 Finland FIN
4 h3 r1/3 Iris Cummings 15 United States USA
4 h4 r1/3 Edel Nielsen 24 Denmark DEN
5 h2 r1/3 Ann Govednik 20 United States USA
5 h3 r1/3 Eliška Boubelová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h4 r1/3 Jo Stroomberg 17 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r1/3 Vera Kingston 19 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r1/3 Tenny Wyss 20 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r1/3 Joan Langdon 13 Canada CAN