at the Games of the XV Olympiad
|Venue||Helsinki Swimming Stadium|
|Dates||26 July – 2 August|
|No. of events||11|
|Competitors||319 from 48 nations|
| Swimming at the|
1952 Summer Olympics
At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, a total number of eleven swimming events were contested, six for men and five for women. The events were held at the Swimming Stadium. There was a total of 319 participants from 48 countries competing.
|Totals (12 nations)||11||11||11||33|
|100 m freestyle|| Clarke Scholes ||57.4|| Hiroshi Suzuki ||57.4|| Göran Larsson ||58.2|
|400 m freestyle|| Jean Boiteux ||4:30.7 (OR)|| Ford Konno ||4:31.3|| Per-Olof Östrand ||4:35.2|
|1500 m freestyle|| Ford Konno ||18:30.3 (OR)|| Shiro Hashizume ||18:41.4|| Tetsuo Okamoto ||18:51.3|
|100 m backstroke|| Yoshi Oyakawa ||1:05.9 (OR)|| Gilbert Bozon ||1:06.2|| Jack Taylor ||1:06.4|
|200 m breaststroke|| John Davies ||2:34.4 (OR)|| Bowen Stassforth ||2:34.7|| Herbert Klein ||2:35.9|
|4 × 200 m freestyle relay|
|100 m freestyle|| Katalin Szöke ||1:06.3|| Hannie Termeulen ||1:06.5|| Judit Temes ||1:07.6|
|400 m freestyle|| Valéria Gyenge ||5:12.1 (OR)|| Éva Novák ||5:13.7|| Evelyn Kawamoto ||5:14.6|
|100 m backstroke|| Joan Harrison ||1:14.3|| Geertje Wielema ||1:14.5|| Jean Stewart ||1:15.8|
|200 m breaststroke|| Éva Székely ||2:51.7 (OR)|| Éva Novák ||2:54.4|| Helen Gordon ||2:57.6|
|4 × 100 m freestyle relay|
Koosje van Voorn
319 swimmers from 48 nations competed.
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