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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.

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