Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 8, 1936
Date Finished: August 11, 1936
[Hideko Maehata] of Japan entered the Olympic Games as a strong favourite to become the first Asian woman to claim an Olympic title. She had held the world record since 1933. Maehata was severely challenged in the final by a fourteen year old German by the name of [Martha Geneger]. For 150m the two women fought stroke-for-stroke for the lead but the superior stamina of the Japanese pulled her through for the victory. [Inge SÃ¸rensen] of Denmark, the bronze medallist, was twelve years and 24 days old and the youngest Olympic medallist in an individual event.