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Rie Beisenherz

Full name: Maria Martha "Rie" Beisenherz
Gender: Female
Born: September 8, 1901 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Died: April 12, 1992 in Bussum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: ADZ, Amsterdam (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Swimming


Wanting to join the women’s swimming club in Amsterdam, HDZ, the 13-year-old Beisenherz was barred for being too young. With several other rejected girls, they founded their own club, later named Amsterdamsche Dames Zwemclub (ADZ). In 1920, Beisenherz won the first Dutch title for women, the 100 m freestyle, a feat she repeated in 1921 and 1922. This performance also earned her a ticket to the Antwerp Olympics, where she came up against the much better technique and faster starts of the American girls, but returned with a new Dutch national record and with the distinction of being the first Dutch female Olympian. Beisenherz also played for the water polo team of ADZ, although she never claimed a Dutch title. At the 1920 Olympics, she participated in an all-Dutch water polo demonstration event, 80 years before the women’s event would be on the official Olympic Program.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle Netherlands NED 3 h1 r1/2

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1920 Summer 18 Antwerpen Swimming Netherlands Semi-Finals Heat One 3 1:22.6
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