1928 Olympic Medalists

4x100 freestyle relay - 1928 Olympic Games, Amsterdam


All the girls except Mary Bedford, were coached by Jimmy Green of Pretoria. Bedford was coached by Rachael Finlayson. Coach Green's swimmers had won all the women's events at the SA Swimming championships in East London in 1927, with Mary Bedford 2nd in the 50 yards freestyle. 

Click here to see a Pathe video of these Olympic medalists with their manager/coach Rachael Finlayson from Durban.


In 1928 five Springbok swimmers travelled to the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, accompanied by Rachael Finlayson.

From L/R: Kathleen Russell, Zus Engelenberg, Freddie van der Goes, Rhoda Rennie, Marie Bedford.


Marie E. Bedford was born 27 March 1907,  was a member of the South African relay team which won the bronze medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event

She also competed in the 400 metre freestyle competition, but was eliminated in the first round. Click here to see her results.


Frederika "Freddie" Jacoba van der Goes (26 November 1908 – 24 October 1976) was a South African freestyle swimmer who competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics.

She was born and died in Pretoria.

In 1928 she was a member of the South African relay team which won the bronze medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event

She also competed in the 400 metre freestyle competition and finished fifth. Click here to see her results.


Rhoda Lillian Rennie was born in Benoni in 1909 and she died in Johannesburg on11 March 1963. Her father was captain G Rennie. She was a member of the South African relay team which won the bronze medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event

She also competed in the 100 metre freestyle competition and in the 400 metre freestyle event, but was in both eliminated in the first round. Click here to see her results.

Her death in 1963 was was reported in the Rand Daily Mail:


 

 

Kathleen Russell  (17 November 1912 – 26 November 1992) was a South African freestyle swimmer who competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics.

In 1928 she was a member of the South African relay team which won the bronze medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event. She also competed in the 400 metre freestyle competition, but was eliminated in the semi-finals.

At the 1934 Empire Games she won the silver medal with the South African team in the 4×100 yards freestyle relay contest.  Click here to see her results.


Zus Engelenberg was the fifth member of the team. Born in Pretoria on 4th January 1909, she died in Durban on 16 May 1984, aged 75. She was eliminated after the first round, finishing third in her heat. Click here to see her results.


OLYMPISCH STADION, AMSTERDAM

Constructed as the centerpiece of the 1928 Amsterdam Games, Olympisch Stadion was the gold-medal-winning work of Dutch architect Jan Wils (1891–1972), a founding member of the De Stijl movement and greatly influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wils accented the low-slung, redbrick structure with a slender tower that was topped with the first-ever cauldron designed to cradle the Olympic flame.

The swimming basin was made of reinforced concrete that was 50m long by 18 m wide with the deepest part near the diving area at 5 m. Stands were erected at both sides with one of them at most accommodating 6000 spectators. There were 20 men's and 16 women's dressing rooms.

A temporary structure, it was demolished following the Olympics in 1929.

1928 men's 200 breaststroke

 

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