Ernestine Lebrun

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErnestine•Lebrun (-Basse)
Used nameErnestine•Lebrun
Born25 February 1906 in Tourcoing, Nord (FRA)
Died6 May 2005 in Allauch, Bouches-du-Rhône (FRA)
AffiliationsEN Tourcoing, Tourcoing (FRA)
NOC France


Ernestine Lebrun made her international swimming début for France at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, where she was eliminated in the opening rounds of both the 100 and 300 metres freestyle events. She had similar results four years later, at the Paris Games, with the 400 metres replacing the 300 metres. She was also fifth that year with the French team in the 4x100 metres freestyle relay, alongside Gilberte Mortier, Bienna Pélégry, and Mariette Protin. She was much more successful domestically, winning 12 national championships between 1921 and 1925 in the 50, 100, 400, and 1000 metres freestyle competitions. She twice held the French women’s 400 metres freestyle record, from 1921 through 1923 and again from 1924 through 1926. She also won the women’s Traversée de Paris à la nage in 1924 and 1925, and was runner up in 1923. When she died on May 6, 2005, at the age of 99, she was the last known survivor from the 1920 Antwerp Games.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) FRA Ernestine Lebrun
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 4 h3 r1/2
300 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 5 h2 r1/2
1924 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) FRA Ernestine Lebrun
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 3 h2 r1/3
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 5 h1 r1/3
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) France 5

Special Notes


Date of birth also seen as 26 February 1906, but French death index gives 25 February 1906.