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100 metres Freestyle, Women

Date26 – 28 July 1952
LocationHelsingin Uimastadion, Helsinki
Participants41 from 19 countries

The 100m Freestyle was one of the most ferociously contested events of any sport in the 1952 Olympics. With ten metres to go the lead was held by the sixteen year old South African Joan Harrison but such was the closeness of the race that Harrison was not even to win a medal. Hungary’s Judit Temes held a lead for much of the race but with six swimmers fighting for the victory, the Hungarian Katalin Szőke found a final burst of energy to touch first. Only a third of a second covered the next five finishers.

1Katalin SzőkeHUN1:07.1 (1 h3)1:07.2 (2 h2)1:06.8 (1)Gold
2Hannie TermeulenNED1:07.3 (1 h2)1:07.1 (3 h1)1:07.0 (2)Silver
3Judit TemesHUN1:05.5 (1 h5)1:07.4 (5 h1)1:07.1 (3)Bronze
4Joan HarrisonRSA1:06.5 (1 h4)1:07.2 (1 h2)1:07.1 (4)
5Jody AldersonUSA1:07.4 (2 h4)1:06.6 (1 h1)1:07.1 (5)
6Irma Heijting-SchuhmacherNED1:06.7 (1 h1)1:06.7 (2 h1)1:07.3 (6)
7Marilee StepanUSA1:07.7 (1 h6)1:07.4 (4 h1)1:08.0 (7)
8Angela BarnwellGBR1:07.6 (3 h4)1:07.2 (3 h2)1:08.6 (8)
9Ragnhild HvegerDEN1:08.6 (2 h5)1:07.7 (6 h1)
10Ilona NovákHUN1:07.7 (2 h1)1:07.8 (4 h2)
11Koosje van VoornNED1:07.4 (2 h3)1:08.1 (5 h2)
=12Marjorie McQuadeAUS1:07.9 (2 h6)1:08.2 (7 h1)
=12Greta AndersenDEN1:08.0 (2 h2)1:08.2 (6 h2)
=12Judy RobertsUSA1:08.2 (3 h2)1:08.2 (7 h2)
15Elisabeth RechlinGER1:08.5 (3 h1)1:08.5 (8 h2)
16Ingegärd FredinSWE1:08.0 (4 h4)1:08.7 (8 h1)
17Josette ArèneFRA1:09.1 (3 h3)
18Mette Ove PetersenDEN1:09.6 (4 h1)
19Maud BerglundSWE1:09.8 (3 h5)
20Lillian PreeceGBR1:10.0 (4 h5)
21Jean BothamGBR1:10.5 (4 h3)
=22Ana María SchultzARG1:10.6 (3 h6)
=22Gaby TanguyFRA1:10.6 (4 h6)
24Marianne LundquistSWE1:10.8 (4 h2)
25Wera SchäferkordtGER1:10.9 (5 h2)
26Romana CalligarisITA1:11.0 (6 h2)
27Ritva JärvinenFIN1:11.5 (5 h5)
28Denise NortonAUS1:11.8 (5 h4)
29Kay McNameeCAN1:12.9 (5 h6)
=30Maria NardiITA1:13.2 (5 h1)
=30Sadako YamashitaJPN1:13.2 (6 h1)
32Gladys PriestleyCAN1:13.4 (6 h4)
33Raili RiuttalaFIN1:13.5 (7 h4)
34Sybille VerckistBEL1:13.7 (6 h5)
35Fumiko SakaguchiJPN1:14.6 (5 h3)
36Irene StrongCAN1:15.1 (6 h3)
37Shizue MiyabeJPN1:16.6 (7 h5)
=38Cynthia EagerHKG1:16.8 (7 h1)
=38Susy VaterlausSUI1:16.8 (6 h6)
40Ritva KoivulaFIN1:17.3 (7 h6)
41Dolly NazirIND1:24.6 (7 h2)
DNSGinette JanyFRA– (DNS h1)
DNSRagnhild GoetzVEN– (DNS h3)

Round One (26 July 1952 — 17:00)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

17Irma Heijting-SchuhmacherNED1:06.7Q
25Ilona NovákHUN1:07.7Q
34Elisabeth RechlinGER1:08.5Q
43Mette Ove PetersenDEN1:09.6
58Maria NardiITA1:13.2
61Sadako YamashitaJPN1:13.2
72Cynthia EagerHKG1:16.8
DNS6Ginette JanyFRA

Heat Two

15Hannie TermeulenNED1:07.3Q
22Greta AndersenDEN1:08.0Q
33Judy RobertsUSA1:08.2Q
47Marianne LundquistSWE1:10.8
51Wera SchäferkordtGER1:10.9
64Romana CalligarisITA1:11.0
76Dolly NazirIND1:24.6

Heat Three

12Katalin SzőkeHUN1:07.1Q
25Koosje van VoornNED1:07.4Q
37Josette ArèneFRA1:09.1
43Jean BothamGBR1:10.5
56Fumiko SakaguchiJPN1:14.6
61Irene StrongCAN1:15.1
DNS4Ragnhild GoetzVEN

Heat Four

11Joan HarrisonRSA1:06.5Q
24Jody AldersonUSA1:07.4Q
35Angela BarnwellGBR1:07.6Q
46Ingegärd FredinSWE1:08.0Q
52Denise NortonAUS1:11.8
63Gladys PriestleyCAN1:13.4
77Raili RiuttalaFIN1:13.5

Heat Five

11Judit TemesHUN1:05.5QOR
25Ragnhild HvegerDEN1:08.6Q
34Maud BerglundSWE1:09.8
43Lillian PreeceGBR1:10.0
56Ritva JärvinenFIN1:11.5
62Sybille VerckistBEL1:13.7
77Shizue MiyabeJPN1:16.6

Heat Six

11Marilee StepanUSA1:07.7Q
25Marjorie McQuadeAUS1:07.9Q
36Ana María SchultzARG1:10.6
47Gaby TanguyFRA1:10.6
54Kay McNameeCAN1:12.9
62Susy VaterlausSUI1:16.8
73Ritva KoivulaFIN1:17.3

Semi-Finals (27 July 1952 — 17:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Jody AldersonUSA1:06.6Q
2Irma Heijting-SchuhmacherNED1:06.7Q
3Hannie TermeulenNED1:07.1Q
4Marilee StepanUSA1:07.4Q
5Judit TemesHUN1:07.4Q
6Ragnhild HvegerDEN1:07.7
7Marjorie McQuadeAUS1:08.2
8Ingegärd FredinSWE1:08.7

Heat Two

1Joan HarrisonRSA1:07.2Q
2Katalin SzőkeHUN1:07.2Q
3Angela BarnwellGBR1:07.2Q
4Ilona NovákHUN1:07.8
5Koosje van VoornNED1:08.1
6Greta AndersenDEN1:08.2
7Judy RobertsUSA1:08.2
8Elisabeth RechlinGER1:08.5

Final (28 July 1952 — 17:00)

12Katalin SzőkeHUN1:06.8
23Hannie TermeulenNED1:07.0
38Judit TemesHUN1:07.1
46Joan HarrisonRSA1:07.1
54Jody AldersonUSA1:07.1
65Irma Heijting-SchuhmacherNED1:07.3
71Marilee StepanUSA1:08.0
87Angela BarnwellGBR1:08.6