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Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 3, 1948
Date Finished: August 5, 1948

Gold: DEN Karen Margrethe Harup
Silver: USA Suzanne Zimmerman
Bronze: AUS Judy-Joy Davies


The cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Games meant that Con Kint of Holland would never grace the Olympic stage. Her world record, set in 1939, would last for 21 years but Kint herself was long retired by the time the London Games came around. The favourite was the Dane, [Karen Margrethe Harup], who had won the event at the 1947 European Championships. Harup proved to be a worthy champion as she broke the Olympic record in all three of her races. She finished over a second clear of [Suzanne Zimmerman] of the USA with [Judy-Joy Davies] taking bronze for Australia. [Monique Berlioux], who was eliminated in the semi-finals was a member of the French Resistance during World War Two and later went on a career with the International Olympic Committee. She served as Director of the IOC between 1971 and 1995.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Karen Margrethe Harup 23 Denmark DEN Gold OR
2 Suzanne Zimmerman 23 United States USA Silver
3 Judy-Joy Davies 20 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Ilona Novák 23 Hungary HUN
5 Ria van der Horst 15 Netherlands NED
6 Dicky van Ekris 15 Netherlands NED
7 Muriel Mellon 20 United States USA
8 Greetje Gaillard 21 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r2/3 Helen Yate 27 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r2/3 Barbara Jensen 18 United States USA
6 h1 r2/3 Cathie Gibson 17 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Monique Berlioux 22 France FRA
7 h1 r2/3 Ngaire Lane 22 New Zealand NZL
7 h2 r2/3 Vera Ellery 21 Great Britain GBR
8 h1 r2/3 Beryl Marshall Argentina ARG
4 h1 r1/3 Ingegerd Fredin 17 Sweden SWE
4 h4 r1/3 Magda Bruggemann Mexico MEX
5 h1 r1/3 Kolbrún Ólafsdóttir 15 Iceland ISL
5 h2 r1/3 Doris Gontersweiler-Vetterli 14 Switzerland SUI
5 h4 r1/3 Bea Ballintijn 25 Norway NOR
6 h2 r1/3 Joyce Court Canada CAN
6 h3 r1/3 Liliana Gonzalias Argentina ARG
6 h4 r1/3 Edith de Oliveira 19 Brazil BRA
7 h4 r1/3 Ginette Jany-Sendral 16 France FRA