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200 metres Breaststroke, Women

Date16 – 18 July 1924
LocationPiscine des Tourelles, Saint-Mandé
Participants15 from 8 countries

The decisive moment of the inaugural Olympic women’s backstroke came after the very first heat when Marie Baron of the Netherlands was disqualified for “making an illegal turn”, she was alleged to have touched the wall with only one hand instead of both as required by the rules. Baron had set a time in her heat that was five seconds clear of any of her rivals and, with world record holder Irene Gilbert of Britain struggling with illness, would have left her a strong favourite for the victory. With the removal of Baron the mantle of favouritism fell on Agnes Geraghty of the USA, Geraghty would lead the final for three-quarters of the race but a burst of speed from the unheralded Lucy Morton brought an end to the American monopoly in the pool and a first individual gold in women’s swimming to Great Britain.

1Lucy MortonGBR3:29.4 (1 h2)3:33.2 (1)Gold
2Agnes GeraghtyUSA3:27.6 (1 h1)3:34.0 (2)Silver
3Gladys CarsonGBR3:30.0 (1 h3)3:35.4 (3)Bronze
4Wivan PetterssonSWE3:37.0 (3 h1)3:37.6 (4)
5Irene GilbertGBR3:32.8 (2 h1)3:38.0 (5)
6Laury KosterLUX3:35.0 (2 h2)3:39.2 (6)
7Hjördis TöpelSWE3:39.0 (2 h3)3:47.6 (7)
3 h2 r1/2Eleanor ColemanUSA3:39.2 (3 h2)
3 h3 r1/2Matilda ScheurichUSA3:41.2 (3 h3)
4 h1 r1/2Odette MonardFRA3:48.0 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/2Ella MolnárHUN3:39.8 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/2Běla DrážkováTCH3:43.0 (4 h3)
5 h2 r1/2Alice StoffelFRA3:48.0 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/2Suzanne Kiffer-PorteFRA3:43.6 (5 h3)
AC h1 r1/2Marie BaronNED3:22.6 (AC h1)DQ

Semi-Finals (16 July 1924 — 15:00)

Top two in each heat and the fastest third-place advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Agnes GeraghtyUSA3:27.6QOR
2Irene GilbertGBR3:32.8Q
3Wivan PetterssonSWE3:37.0q
4Odette MonardFRA3:48.0
ACMarie BaronNED3:22.6DQ

Heat Two

1Lucy MortonGBR3:29.4Q
2Laury KosterLUX3:35.0Q
3Eleanor ColemanUSA3:39.2
4Ella MolnárHUN3:39.8
5Alice StoffelFRA3:48.0

Heat Three

1Gladys CarsonGBR3:30.0Q
2Hjördis TöpelSWE3:39.0Q
3Matilda ScheurichUSA3:41.2
4Běla DrážkováTCH3:43.0
5Suzanne Kiffer-PorteFRA3:43.6

Final (18 July 1924 — 15:00)

1Lucy MortonGBR3:33.2
2Agnes GeraghtyUSA3:34.0
3Gladys CarsonGBR3:35.4
4Wivan PetterssonSWE3:37.6
5Irene GilbertGBR3:38.0
6Laury KosterLUX3:39.2
7Hjördis TöpelSWE3:47.6