Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 23, 1920
Date Finished: August 25, 1920
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 Statesâ [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 3Â½ 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.