Swimming at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke

The women's 200 metre breaststroke event, included in the swimming competition at the 1964 Summer Olympics, took place on 11–12 October, at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. In this event, swimmers covered four lengths of the 50-metre (160 ft) Olympic-sized pool employing the breaststroke. It was the ninth appearance of the event, which first appeared at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. A total of 27 competitors from 15 nations participated in the event.[1] Soviet Union's Galina Prozumenshchikova and Svetlana Babanina won their country's first ever medals in this event, with a gold and bronze medal respectively. Claudia Kolb's silver medal was the United States' second ever medal in this event, after Agnes Geraghty's silver in the inaugural event in 1924. In the heats, Australian Christine Barnetson was disqualified for an incorrect breaststroke, and Hungarian Márta Egerváry withdrew from the competition.[2]

Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Babanina, Prozumenschikova, Kolb 1964.jpg
Left-right: Babanina, Prozumenschikova, Kolb
VenueYoyogi National Gymnasium
Date11 October (heats)
12 October (final)
Competitors27 from 15 nations
Winning time2:46.4 (OR)
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Galina Prozumenshchikova  Soviet Union
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Claudia Kolb  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Svetlana Babanina  Soviet Union
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RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were:

World record   Galina Prozumenshchikova (URS) 2:45.4 s Berlin, East Germany 17 May 1964 [3]
Olympic record   Anita Lonsbrough (GBR) 2:49.5 s Rome, Italy 27 August 1960 [3]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time OR WR
11 October Heat 2 Bärbel Grimmer   United Team of Germany 2:48.6 OR
11 October Heat 3 Svetlana Babanina   Soviet Union 2:48.3 OR
12 October Final Galina Prozumenshchikova   Soviet Union 2:46.4 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane[4] Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 1 Svetlana Babanina   Soviet Union 2:48.3 Q, OR[5]
2 2 4 Bärbel Grimmer   United Team of Germany 2:48.6 Q, OR[5]
3 3 7 Stella Mitchell   Great Britain 2:48.8 Q
4 2 1 Galina Prozumenshchikova   Soviet Union 2:49.0 Q
5 3 6 Claudia Kolb   United States 2:49.7 Q
6 3 3 Ursula Küper   United Team of Germany 2:50.1 Q
7 4 2 Jill Slattery   Great Britain 2:50.2 Q
8 1 1 Klenie Bimolt   Netherlands 2:50.7 Q
9 1 7 Marguerite Ruygrok   Australia 2:53.1
10 1 6 Wiltrud Urselmann   United Team of Germany 2:53.2
11 4 1 Vivien Haddon   New Zealand 2:53.4
12 4 3 Truus Looijs   Netherlands 2:54.5
13 2 7 Jacqueline Enfield   Great Britain 2:54.9
14 1 4 Tammy Hazleton   United States 2:55.0
15 2 5 Gretta Kok   Netherlands 2:55.4
16 3 5 Isabel Castañe   Spain 2:55.7
17 1 3 Noriko Yamamoto   Japan 2:57.0
18 4 6 Sandra Nitta   United States 2:58.4
19 4 5 Christl Filippovits   Austria 2:59.2
20 3 4 Linda McGill   Australia 2:59.4
21 4 7 Yoshiko Morizane   Japan 2:59.9
22 2 6 Susana Peper   Argentina 3:00.0
23 1 5 Zsuzsa Kovács   Hungary 3:06.7
24 3 2 Marny Jolly   Malaysia 3:11.0
25 1 2 Margaret Harding   Puerto Rico 3:16.0
26 4 4 Li Hin Yu   Hong Kong 3:22.2
27 2 3 Christine Barnetson   Australia DSQ[3]

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  6 Galina Prozumenshchikova   Soviet Union 2:46.4 OR[3]
  2 Claudia Kolb   United States 2:47.6
  4 Svetlana Babanina   Soviet Union 2:48.6
4 3 Stella Mitchell   Great Britain 2:49.0
5 1 Jill Slattery   Great Britain 2:49.6
6 5 Bärbel Grimmer   United Team of Germany 2:51.0
7 8 Klenie Bimolt   Netherlands 2:51.3
8 7 Ursula Küper   United Team of Germany 2:53.9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Breaststroke". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Reynolds Qualifies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 12 October 1964. p. 17.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Games of the XVIII Olympiad Tokyo 1964: The Official Report of the Organising Committee" (PDF). Volume Two, Part 2. Organizing Committee of the Games of the XVIII Olympiad Tokyo. 1964. pp. 532–533. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  4. ^ Albert Schoenfeld, ed. (29 September 1964). "Results from the 1964 Olympic Games (Tokyo)" (PDF). Swimming World & Junior Swimmer. Albert Schoenfeld. p. 46. ISSN 0039-7431. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2012.