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Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Events:

Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 8, 1936
Date Finished: August 11, 1936

Gold: JPN Hideko Maehata
Silver: GER Martha Genenger
Bronze: DEN Inge Sørensen

Summary

[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 Sørensen] of Denmark, the bronze medallist, was twelve years and 24 days old and the youngest Olympic medallist in an individual event.

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