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Swimming at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 10, 1928
Date Finished: August 11, 1928

Gold: USA Albina Osipowich
Silver: USA Eleanor Garatti-Saville
Bronze: GBR Joyce Cooper


The American women’s freestyle team arrived in the Netherlands with the expectation of matching their efforts of Antwerp and Paris and sweeping the medal positions. [Eleanor Garatti] assumed the mantle of favourite when she broke the Olympic record in the semi-final but the final belonged to another American. [Albina Osipowich] had only finished third in the national trials but in Amsterdam she held off the challenge of Garatti and touched .4 of a second in front of her rival to take the victory. Osipowich’s career was brief and meteoric, after the Olympics she went to college and swimming was relegated to nothing more than a hobby. Two British swimmers, [Joyce King] and [Jean McDowell], recorded identical times as they fought for the bronze medal. King received the medal when three of the five judges voted for her.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Albina Osipowich 17 United States USA Gold WR
2 Eleanor Garatti-Saville 18 United States USA Silver
3 Joyce Cooper 19 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Jean McDowall 19 Great Britain GBR
5 Susan Laird 19 United States USA
6 Lotte Lehmann 21 Germany GER
4 h1 r2/3 Vera Tanner 21 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/3 Kathleen Russell 15 South Africa RSA
5 h1 r2/3 Ena Stockley 21 New Zealand NZL
5 h2 r2/3 Rie Vierdag 22 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r2/3 Agnete Olsen 18 Denmark DEN
6 h2 r2/3 Kay Miller 19 New Zealand NZL
AC h1 r2/3 Sarolta Stieber 22 Hungary HUN DNF
3 h2 r1/3 Zus Engelenberg 19 South Africa RSA
3 h4 r1/3 Margit Sipos 19 Hungary HUN
3 h5 r1/3 Marguerite Dockrell 16 Ireland IRL
3 h6 r1/3 Bonnie Mealing 15 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/3 Reni Erkens 18 Germany GER
4 h2 r1/3 Edna Davey Australia AUS
4 h6 r1/3 Gerda Bredgaard 20 Denmark DEN
5 h1 r1/3 Rhoda Rennie 19 South Africa RSA
5 h2 r1/3 Marguerite Ledoux France FRA
5 h6 r1/3 Anne Dupire France FRA
6 h1 r1/3 Claire Horrent France FRA