You Are Here > > > > > Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Swimming at the 1936 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games ▪ Next Summer Games


Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 12, 1936
Date Finished: August 14, 1936

Gold: NED Netherlands
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: USA United States


Historically the women’s relay had been dominated by the United States who had won the gold each time they had contested it and always in a world record time. In 1936 the US team came into the Games without the world record to their name, that record belonged to the exact Dutch quartet that were selected for Berlin. The final developed into a duel between the host nation, Germany, and the Netherlands. Although only one of the German team had qualified from the heats of the individual event, they stayed with the Dutch and even held a small lead at the 200m mark. The Netherlands still had their two strongest swimmers to go and [Willy den Ouden] overhauled [Inge Schmitz] on the third leg to hand over to 100m champion [Rie Mastenbroek] in first leg. Throughout the final leg Germany’s [Gisele Arendt] threatened the leader but Mastenbroek’s familiar finishing took her to a narrow victory

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsFinalRound One

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Netherlands NED Gold OR
2 Germany GER Silver
3 United States USA Bronze
4T Canada CAN
4T Hungary HUN
6 Great Britain GBR
7 Denmark DEN
4 h2 r1/2 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/2 Austria AUT