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Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 5, 1948
Date Finished: August 7, 1948

Gold: USA Ann Curtis
Silver: DEN Karen Margrethe Harup
Bronze: GBR Cathie Gibson

Summary

The same protagonists from the 100m were favoured in the 400m freestyle although American [Ann Curtis] was considered stronger at this event than at the shorter distances. The shock of the heats was the collapse of the 100m gold medallist and hot favourite, [Greta Andersen], who blacked out in the water just beyond the 200m mark and had to be rescued from the pool. [Karen Margrethe Harup], also of Denmark, broke the Olympic record in the semi-finals and emerged as the greatest threat to an American victory. In the final Curtis held her effort until the final 100m then breezed past the opposition to record a clear victory. Harup narrowly held on to silver with a fast finishing [Cathie Gibson] gaining the host nation’s only aquatic medal of the 1948 games with the bronze