Swimming at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre individual medley

The women's 400 metre individual medley event at the 1964 Summer Olympics took place on 15–17 October.[1] This swimming event used medley swimming and this was the first time for this event in this distance for the women swimmers. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool. The first two lengths were swum using the butterfly stroke, the second pair with the backstroke, the third pair of lengths in breaststroke, and the final two were freestyle. Unlike other events using freestyle, swimmers could not use butterfly, backstroke, or breaststroke for the freestyle leg; most swimmers use the front crawl in freestyle events.

MedalistsEdit

Gold Donna de Varona
  United States
Silver Sharon Finneran
  United States
Bronze Martha Randall
  United States

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Anita Lonsbrough   Great Britain 5:30.6
2 Sharon Finneran   United States 5:32.7
3 Márta Egerváry   Hungary 5:35.8
4 Helga Zimmermann   Germany 5:38.9
5 Jane Cortis   Australia 5:43.6

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Martha Randall   United States 5:27.8
2 Barbara Hounsell   Canada 5:38.4
3 Adrie Lasterie   Netherlands 5:41.3
4 Harriet Blank   Germany 5:42.4
5 Isabel Castañe   Spain 5:50.7
6 Margaret Harding   Puerto Rico 6:10.7

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Veronika Holletz   Germany 5:26.8
2 Betty Heukels   Netherlands 5:32.4
3 Linda McGill   Australia 5:38.3
4 Kimiko Ezaka   Japan 5:42.1
5 Kirsten Strange-Campbell   Denmark 5:44.4
6 Pamela Johnson   Australia 6:11.9

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Donna de Varona   United States 5:24.2
2 Marianne Heemskerk   Netherlands 5:38.6
3 Helen Kennedy   Canada 5:49.9
4 Natsuko Matsuda   Japan 5:51.5
5 Silvia Belmar   Mexico 6:00.7

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
  Donna de Varona   United States 5:18.7 OR
  Sharon Finneran   United States 5:24.1
  Martha Randall   United States 5:24.2
4 Veronika Holletz   United Team of Germany 5:25.6
5 Linda McGill   Australia 5:28.4
6 Betty Heukels   Netherlands 5:30.3
7 Anita Lonsbrough   Great Britain 5:30.5
8 Márta Egerváry   Hungary 5:38.4

Key: OR = Olympic record

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Women's 400 metres Individual Medley". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2016.