Swimming at the 1924 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

The women's 100 metre backstroke was a swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1924 Summer Olympics programme.[1] It was the first appearance of the event, as women only swam freestyle events before this Games. The competition was held on Saturday July 19, 1924, and on Sunday July 20, 1924.

Women's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
DateJuly 19–20
Competitors10 from 5 nations
Sybil Bauer  United States
Phyllis Harding  Great Britain
Aileen Riggin  United States


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1924 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:22.4 Sybil Bauer Miami (USA) January 6, 1924
Olympic Record - none - -

In the first heat Sybil Bauer set the first Olympic record with 1:24.0 minutes. In the final she bettered her own record to 1:23.2 minutes.



Saturday July 19, 1924: The fastest two in each semi-final and the faster of the two third-placed swimmer advanced to the final.

Semifinal 1

1 Sybil Bauer (USA)1:24.0QQ OR
2 Phyllis Harding (GBR)1:29.4QQ
3 Florence Chambers (USA)1:32.0qq
4 Ellen King (GBR)1:38.2
5 Lucienne Rouet (FRA)1:43.8

Semifinal 2

1 Aileen Riggin (USA)1:29.6QQ
2 Jarmila Müllerová (TCH)1:37.0QQ
3 Helen Boyle (GBR)1:43.0
4 Alice Stoffel (FRA)1:44.0
5 Renée Brasseur (LUX)1:51.4


Sunday July 20, 1924:

1 Sybil Bauer (USA)1:23.2 OR
2 Phyllis Harding (GBR)1:27.4
3 Aileen Riggin (USA)1:28.2
4 Florence Chambers (USA)1:30.8
5 Jarmila Müllerová (TCH)1:31.2


  1. "Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games: Women's 100 metres Backstroke". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
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