Claire Guttenstein

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameClaire•Guttenstein (Frick-, -Gutt)
Used nameClaire•Guttenstein
Born19 September 1886 in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (BEL)
DiedApril 1948 in Jette (BEL)
AffiliationsRoyal Brussels SC, Bruxelles (BEL)
NOC Belgium


Claire Guttenstein was the first woman to compete for Belgium at the Olympics, swimming at Stockholm in 1912. She was a five-time Belgian champion. On 2 October 1910 Guttenstein set a world record for the 100 metre freestyle, recording 1:26.6 in Schaerbeek, Belgium, a record that lasted until 29 September 1911.

Born as Claire Frick, she was the daughter of Henri Frick, who was the mayor of Sint-Joost-ten-Node. She married Camille Guttenstein, an economist who later changed his name to Gutt. During World War II he was minister of finance for the Belgian government-in-exile, and after the war he carried out the financial restructuring that became known as Operation Gutt.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) BEL Claire Guttenstein
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 5 h3 r1/3

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