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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 23, 1920
Date Finished: August 25, 1920

Gold: USA Ethelda Bleibtrey
Silver: USA Irene Guest
Bronze: USA Frances Schroth

Summary

The world and Olympic record was 1:16.2, which had been set by [Fanny Durack], who won the 1912 Olympic gold medal. The United States’ [Ethelda Bleibtrey] was a laughable winner of this event. She set a world record of 1:14.4 in the heats and then improved that record in the finals, winning by almost 3½ seconds. Bleibtrey had only a brief career as an amateur but between 1920 and 1922 she was undefeated and won an AAU title at every distance from 50 yards to the long distance event.

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