Swimming at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle
The women's 400 metre freestyle was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1932 Summer Olympics programme. It was the third appearance of the event, which was established in 1924 after 1920 a 300 metre event was held. The competition was held on Thursday August 11, 1932 and on Saturday August 13, 1932.
Fourteen swimmers from nine nations competed.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.
|World Record||5:31.0||Helene Madison||Seattle (USA)||February 3, 1931|
|Olympic Record||5:42.8||Martha Norelius||Amsterdam (NED)||August 6, 1928|
Thursday August 11, 1932: The fastest two in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced to the final.
|1||Joyce Cooper (GBR)||5:56.7|
|2||Norene Forbes (USA)||5:57.8|
|3||Yvonne Godard (FRA)||5:57.8|
|4||Irene Pirie (CAN)||6:22.2|
|1||Helene Madison (USA)||5:44.5|
|2||Marie Braun (NED)||5:50.5|
|3||Betty Edwards (CAN)||6:27.2|
|1||Lenore Kight (USA)||5:40.9||QQ OR|
|2||Puck Oversloot (NED)||5:50.3|
|3||Frances Bult (AUS)||6:03.0|
|1||Jenny Maakal (RSA)||5:53.9|
|2||Lilli Andersen (DEN)||6:05.1|
|3||Hatsuko Morioka (JPN)||6:07.4|
|4||Ruth Kerr (CAN)||6:25.7|
Friday August 12, 1932: The fastest three in each semi-final advanced to the final. Marie Braun was not able to compete in the semi-finals. She had to stay in hospital due to blood poisoning after an infection officially caused by a mosquito bite.
|1||Helene Madison (USA)||5:48.7|
|2||Jenny Maakal (RSA)||6:00.6|
|3||Norene Forbes (USA)||6:22.1|
|—||Puck Oversloot (NED)||DNS|
|1||Lenore Kight (USA)||5:50.8|
|2||Yvonne Godard (FRA)||6:00.1|
|3||Joyce Cooper (GBR)||6:00.4|
|4||Lilli Andersen (DEN)||6:05.5|
|—||Marie Braun (NED)||DNS|
Saturday August 13, 1932:
|1||Helene Madison (USA)||5:28.5 WR|
|2||Lenore Kight (USA)||5:28.6|
|3||Jenny Maakal (RSA)||5:47.3|
|4||Joyce Cooper (GBR)||5:49.7|
|5||Yvonne Godard (FRA)||5:54.4|
|6||Norene Forbes (USA)||6:06.0|
- "Swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Women's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 September 2016.