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  • News | Antwerp 1920

    Ethelda Bleibtrey, the trailblazer for women’s swimming who was arrested due to her swimsuit

    American Ethelda Bleibtrey won every single event on the programme in women’s swimming at the 1920 Antwerp Games. A unique achievement by a champion who also cut through conventions in her country, at a time when being a female swimmer came with a number of constraints, particularly with regard to swimwear...
    23 Oct 2019 | Olympic News, Antwerp 1920, Swimming, United States of America
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Durack puts women’s swimming on the Olympic map

    The 1912 Games were a groundbreaking edition for female Olympians. For the first time, swimming competitions for women were included – with 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle races on the programme.
    12 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, Swimming
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