Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 4, 1928
Date Finished: August 6, 1928
The reigning champion, [Martha Norelius] of the USA, had improved considerably since Paris and entered the Games as a hot favourite. Norelius lived up to her reputation by smashing the world record in her heat although a rival emerged in the form of the teenaged European champion [Zus Braun] from the host country, who was the only other competitor to break the six minute barrier. The Dutchwoman continued to impress in the semi-final but the American was a dominant force in the final and improved her own record again. To the approval of the Dutch crowd, Braun took the silver medal ahead of [Josephine McKim] of the USA. Norelius later married the rower [Joe Wright, Jr.], who won a silver medal for Canada at these same games, although the two eventually divorced.