| Event type

200 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date7 – 9 August 1928
LocationZwemstadion, Amsterdam
Participants21 from 12 countries

Marie Baron had been disqualified in her heat at the Paris games after setting what would have been the fastest time of the whole event. She entered 1928 as the world record holder and with a chance of earning a gold medal for the host nation but the performance of two German swimmers over the course of the summer had changed the outlook for the event. Lotte Mühe broke Baron’s record just three weeks before the Games whilst the reigning European champion, Hilde Schrader, was also in good form. Schrader broke the Olympic record in heat, equalled the world record in the semi-final and comfortably took the gold medal ahead of Baron and Muhe. Although Schrader’s time in the final was her slowest of the Games there was a mitigating factor, the champion suffered a “wardrobe malfunction” when one of the straps of her swimsuit broke. “I would have gone faster”, she said, “if I had not been so embarrassed”. The standard of this event had improved had improved greatly in the four years since Paris, 1924 silver medallist Agnes Geraghty swam 16 seconds faster but did not make the final. Geraghty’s compatriot Jane Fauntz was lucky even to make the Olympics, six months earlier she had suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car.

1Hilde SchraderGER3:11.6 (1 h1)3:11.2 (1 h2)3:12.6 (1)Gold
2Marie BaronNED3:20.2 (2 h2)3:15.4 (1 h1)3:15.2 (2)Silver
3Lotte MüheGER3:14.2 (1 h2)3:16.8 (=2 h1)3:17.6 (3)Bronze
4Else JacobsenDEN3:17.6 (1 h3)3:16.8 (=2 h1)3:19.0 (4)
5Peg HoffmanUSA3:21.6 (3 h2)3:22.4 (3 h2)3:19.2 (5)
6Brita HazeliusSWE3:21.6 (3 h1)3:21.4 (2 h2)3:23.0 (6)
4 h1 r2/3Agnes GeraghtyUSA3:18.8 (2 h1)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Greet van NordenNED3:27.2 (1 h4)– (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3Elfriede ZimmermannGER3:18.6 (2 h3)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Doris ThompsonAUS3:33.6 (3 h4)– (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3Marianne GustafssonSWE3:27.0 (3 h3)– (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3Jane FauntzUSA3:29.0 (2 h4)– (6 h2)
4 h1 r1/3Cor van GelderNED– (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3Hedy BienenfeldAUT– (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/3Dorothy PriorCAN– (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3Alice StoffelFRA– (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3Margery HintonGBR– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Dora GibbsGBR– (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3Mabel HamblenGBR– (5 h3)
6 h1 r1/3Róża KajzerPOL– (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3Virginie RauschLUX– (6 h2)
DNS FitzównaPOL– (DNS h4)

Round One (7 August 1928)

Top three in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

11Hilde SchraderGER3:11.6QOR
22Agnes GeraghtyUSA3:18.8Q
36Brita HazeliusSWE3:21.6Q
44Cor van GelderNED
53Margery HintonGBR
65Róża KajzerPOL

Heat Two

14Lotte MüheGER3:14.2Q
21Marie BaronNED3:20.2Q
33Peg HoffmanUSA3:21.6Q
45Hedy BienenfeldAUT
52Dora GibbsGBR
66Virginie RauschLUX

Heat Three

13Else JacobsenDEN3:17.6Q
22Elfriede ZimmermannGER3:18.6Q
31Marianne GustafssonSWE3:27.0Q
45Dorothy PriorCAN
54Mabel HamblenGBR

Heat Four

11Greet van NordenNED3:27.2Q
24Jane FauntzUSA3:29.0Q
35Doris ThompsonAUS3:33.6Q
43Alice StoffelFRA
DNS2 FitzównaPOL

Semi-Finals (8 August 1928)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

12Marie BaronNED3:15.4Q
=21Lotte MüheGER3:16.8Q
=26Else JacobsenDEN3:16.8Q
43Agnes GeraghtyUSA
55Elfriede ZimmermannGER
64Marianne GustafssonSWE

Heat Two

14Hilde SchraderGER3:11.2QOR
25Brita HazeliusSWE3:21.4Q
36Peg HoffmanUSA3:22.4
42Greet van NordenNED
51Doris ThompsonAUS
63Jane FauntzUSA

Final (9 August 1928)

15Hilde SchraderGER3:12.6
22Marie BaronNED3:15.2
34Lotte MüheGER3:17.6
46Else JacobsenDEN3:19.0
51Peg HoffmanUSA3:19.2
63Brita HazeliusSWE3:23.0