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4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women

Date 9 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationZwemstadion, Amsterdam
Participants31 from 7 countries
Olympic Record 4:58.8 WR / United States USA / 18 July 1924

The relay was held before the individual 100m freestyle and the result accurately foreshadowed what was to happen in that event. Only seven countries competed but qualifying heats were still needed to remove one team from the competition. This provided the opportunity for the American team to break the world record which had stood since 1924. Bolstered by the introduction of Eleanor Garatti and Martha Norelius to the team for the final, the USA swam off into the distance and took another large chunk off the world record. The British held off the Dutch for silver with South Africa touching ahead of Germany. The Netherlands were later disqualified for a faulty changeover and South Africa promoted to bronze.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA4:55.6 (1 h1)4:47.6 (1)Gold
Adelaide LambertAlbina OsipowichEleanor GarattiMartha NoreliusJosephine McKimSusan Laird
2Great BritainGBR5:16.6 (1 h2)5:02.8 (2)Silver
Joyce CooperCissie StewartVera TannerEllen King
3South AfricaRSA5:17.4 (3 h1)5:13.4 (3)Bronze
Kathleen RussellRhoda RennieMary BedfordFreddie van der GoesZus Engelenberg (DNS)
4GermanyGER5:19.0 (2 h2)5:14.4 (4)
Lotte LehmannHerta WunderIrmintraut SchneiderReni ErkensAnni Rehborn (DNS)
5FranceFRA5:42.4 (3 h2)5:32.0 (5)
Bienna PélégryAnne DupireMarguerite LedouxClaire HorrentGeorgina Roty
AC r2/2NetherlandsNED5:08.8 (2 h1)– (AC)DQ
Eva SmitsTruus BaumeisterRie VierdagZus BraunWilly den Turk (DNS)
4 h1 r1/2DenmarkDEN– (4 h1)
Lilian StaugaardRigmor OlsenGerda BredgaardAgnete Olsen

Round One (9 August 1928)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
1United StatesUSA4:55.6QWR
Adelaide Lambert– (–)
Josephine McKim– (–)
Susan Laird– (–)
Albina Osipowich– (–)
2NetherlandsNED5:08.8Q
Eva Smits– (–)
Truus Baumeister– (–)
Rie Vierdag– (–)
Zus Braun– (–)
3South AfricaRSA5:17.4Q
Rhoda Rennie– (–)
Freddie van der Goes– (–)
Mary Bedford– (–)
Kathleen Russell– (–)
4DenmarkDEN
Lilian Staugaard– (–)
Rigmor Olsen– (–)
Gerda Bredgaard– (–)
Agnete Olsen– (–)

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
1Great BritainGBR5:16.6Q
Joyce Cooper– (–)
Vera Tanner– (–)
Cissie Stewart– (–)
Ellen King– (–)
2GermanyGER5:19.0Q
Lotte Lehmann– (–)
Reni Erkens– (–)
Herta Wunder– (–)
Irmintraut Schneider– (–)
3FranceFRA5:42.4Q
Bienna Pélégry– (–)
Georgina Roty– (–)
Marguerite Ledoux– (–)
Claire Horrent– (–)

Final (9 August 1928)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
1United StatesUSA4:47.6WR
Adelaide Lambert– (–)
Albina Osipowich– (–)
Eleanor Garatti– (–)
Martha Norelius– (–)
2Great BritainGBR5:02.8
Joyce Cooper– (–)
Cissie Stewart– (–)
Vera Tanner– (–)
Ellen King– (–)
3South AfricaRSA5:13.4
Kathleen Russell– (–)
Rhoda Rennie– (–)
Mary Bedford– (–)
Freddie van der Goes– (–)
4GermanyGER5:14.4
Lotte Lehmann– (–)
Herta Wunder– (–)
Irmintraut Schneider– (–)
Reni Erkens– (–)
5FranceFRA5:32.0
Bienna Pélégry– (–)
Anne Dupire– (–)
Marguerite Ledoux– (–)
Claire Horrent– (–)
ACNetherlandsNEDDQ
Eva Smits– (–)
Truus Baumeister– (–)
Rie Vierdag– (–)
Zus Braun– (–)