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Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Swimming Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 26, 1952
Date Finished: July 28, 1952

Gold: HUN Katalin Szőke
Silver: NED Hannie Termeulen
Bronze: HUN Judit Temes


The 100m Freestyle was one of the most ferociously contested events of any sport in the 1952 Olympics. With ten metres to go the lead was held by the sixteen year old South African [Joan Harrison] but such was the closeness of the race that Harrison was not even to win a medal. Hungary’s [Judit Temes] held a lead for much of the race but with six swimmers fighting for the victory, the Hungarian [Katalin Szőke ] found a final burst of energy to touch first. Only a third of a second covered the next five finishers.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Katalin Szőke 16 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Hannie Termeulen 23 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Judit Temes 21 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Joan Harrison 16 South Africa RSA
5 Jody Alderson 17 United States USA
6 Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher 27 Netherlands NED
7 Marilee Stepan 17 United States USA
8 Angela Barnwell 16 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r2/3 Ilona Novák 27 Hungary HUN
5 h2 r2/3 Koosje van Voorn 17 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r2/3 Ragnhild Hveger 31 Denmark DEN
6 h2 r2/3 Greta Andersen 25 Denmark DEN
7 h1 r2/3 Marjorie McQuade 17 Australia AUS
7 h2 r2/3 Judy Roberts 18 United States USA
8 h1 r2/3 Ingegerd Fredin 21 Sweden SWE
8 h2 r2/3 Elisabeth Rechlin 22 Germany GER
3 h3 r1/3 Josette Arène 27 France FRA
3 h5 r1/3 Maud Berglund 18 Sweden SWE
3 h6 r1/3 Ana María Schultz 16 Argentina ARG
4 h1 r1/3 Mette Ove Petersen 18 Denmark DEN
4 h2 r1/3 Marianne Lundquist 20 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/3 Jean Botham 17 Great Britain GBR
4 h5 r1/3 Lillian Preece 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h6 r1/3 Gaby Tanguy 22 France FRA
5 h1 r1/3 Maria Nardi 17 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/3 Vera Schäferkordt 27 Germany GER
5 h3 r1/3 Fumiko Sakaguchi 18 Japan JPN
5 h4 r1/3 Denise Norton 18 Australia AUS
5 h5 r1/3 Ritva Järvinen 19 Finland FIN
5 h6 r1/3 Kay McNamee 21 Canada CAN
6 h1 r1/3 Sadako Yamashita 19 Japan JPN
6 h2 r1/3 Romana Calligaris 27 Italy ITA
6 h3 r1/3 Irene Strong 23 Canada CAN
6 h4 r1/3 Gladys Priestley 14 Canada CAN
6 h5 r1/3 Sybille Verckist 17 Belgium BEL
6 h6 r1/3 Susy Vaterlaus 19 Switzerland SUI
7 h1 r1/3 Cynthia Eager 15 Hong Kong HKG
7 h2 r1/3 Dolly Nazir India IND
7 h4 r1/3 Raili Riuttala 18 Finland FIN
7 h5 r1/3 Shizue Miyabe 13 Japan JPN
7 h6 r1/3 Ritva Koivula 19 Finland FIN