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Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: August 2, 1948

Gold: DEN Greta Andersen
Silver: USA Ann Curtis
Bronze: NED Marie-Louise Linssen-Vaessen


Denmark had emerged as a force in women’s swimming over the previous decade and, although [Ragnhild Hveger] had retired, they had three strong contenders for gold including European champion [Fritze Carstensen]. The preliminaries saw the youngest of the Danes, [Greta Andersen], and [Ann Curtis] of the USA provide the most impressive performances and they would battle for gold in the final. Although Curtis, who was better over longer distances, kept close to Andersen throughout the Danish swimmer maintained a slender lead and became her nation’s first ever gold medallist in swimming. Andersen later turned professional and became a specialist English Channel swimmer. She set a record for the England to France swim in 1964.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Greta Andersen 21 Denmark DEN Gold
2 Ann Curtis 22 United States USA Silver
3 Marie-Louise Linssen-Vaessen 20 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Karen Margrethe Harup 23 Denmark DEN
5 Ingegerd Fredin 17 Sweden SWE
6 Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher 23 Netherlands NED
7 Elisabeth Ahlgren 23 Sweden SWE
8 Fritze Carstensen 23 Denmark DEN
4 h1 r2/3 Marie Corridon 18 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 Marianne Lundquist 17 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r2/3 Marjorie McQuade 14 Australia AUS
6 h2 r2/3 Lillian Preece 20 Great Britain GBR
7 h1 r2/3 Patricia Nielsen 18 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/3 Piedade Coutinho-Tavares 28 Brazil BRA
8 h1 r2/3 Judit Temes 17 Hungary HUN
8 h2 r2/3 Brenda Helser 24 United States USA
3 h2 r1/3 Denise Spencer 18 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/3 Josette Arène 23 France FRA
4 h2 r1/3 Eleonora Schmidt 16 Brazil BRA
4 h4 r1/3 Margaret Wellington 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h5 r1/3 Hannie Termeulen 19 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r1/3 Eileen Holt Argentina ARG
5 h2 r1/3 Mária Littomeritzky 21 Hungary HUN
5 h4 r1/3 Kay McNamee 17 Canada CAN
5 h5 r1/3 Fernande Caroen 27 Belgium BEL
6 h1 r1/3 Magda Bruggemann Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/3 Adriana Camelli Argentina ARG
6 h3 r1/3 Ginette Jany-Sendral 16 France FRA
6 h4 r1/3 Zsuzsa Nádor 20 Hungary HUN
6 h5 r1/3 Irene Strong 19 Canada CAN
7 h1 r1/3 Maria-Anna Erismann Switzerland SUI
7 h3 r1/3 Enriqueta Duarte 19 Argentina ARG
7 h4 r1/3 Maria da Costa 17 Brazil BRA
7 h5 r1/3 Gisèle Vallerey 18 France FRA