Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics

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Swimming at the
1956 Summer Olympics
Swimming pictogram.svg
Freestyle
100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men   women
Breaststroke
200 m men   women
Butterfly
100 m   women
200 m men
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men  

At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, 13 swimming events were contested, seven for men and six for women. There was a total of 235 participants from 33 countries competing. For the first time, the butterfly stroke was contested as a separate event. Australia dominated the medal standings with a total of 14 medals.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia (AUS) 8 4 2 14
2  United States (USA) 2 4 5 11
3  Japan (JPN) 1 4 0 5
4  Great Britain (GBR) 1 0 1 2
 Germany (EUA) 1 0 1 2
6  Hungary (HUN) 0 1 1 2
7  Soviet Union (URS) 0 0 2 2
8  South Africa (RSA) 0 0 1 1

Medal summary[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle  Jon Henricks
Australia (AUS)
55.4 (WR)  John Devitt
Australia (AUS)
55.8  Gary Chapman
Australia (AUS)
56.7
400 m freestyle  Murray Rose
Australia (AUS)
4:27.3 (WR)  Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
Japan (JPN)
4:30.4  George Breen
United States (USA)
4:32.5
1500 m freestyle  Murray Rose
Australia (AUS)
17:58.9  Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
Japan (JPN)
18:00.3  George Breen
United States (USA)
18:08.2
100 m backstroke  David Theile
Australia (AUS)
1:02.2 (WR)  John Monckton
Australia (AUS)
1:03.2  Frank McKinney
United States (USA)
1:04.5
200 m breaststroke  Masaru Furukawa
Japan (JPN)
2:34.7  Masahiro Yoshimura
Japan (JPN)
2:36.7  Kharis Yunichev
Soviet Union (URS)
2:36.8
200 m butterfly  William Yorzyk
United States (USA)
2:19.3  Takashi Ishimoto
Japan (JPN)
2:23.8  György Tumpek
Hungary (HUN)
2:23.9
4×200 m freestyle relay  Australia (AUS)
Kevin O'Halloran
John Devitt
Murray Rose
Jon Henricks
8:23.6 (WR)  United States (USA)
Dick Hanley
George Breen
Bill Woolsey
Ford Konno
8:31.5  Soviet Union (URS)
Vitaly Sorokin
Vladimir Struzhanov
Gennady Nikolayev
Boris Nikitin
8:34.7

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle  Dawn Fraser
Australia (AUS)
1:02.0 (WR)  Lorraine Crapp
Australia (AUS)
1:02.3  Faith Leech
Australia (AUS)
1:05.1
400 m freestyle  Lorraine Crapp
Australia (AUS)
4:54.6 (OR)  Dawn Fraser
Australia (AUS)
5:02.5  Sylvia Ruuska
United States (USA)
5:07.1
100 m backstroke  Judith Grinham
Great Britain (GBR)
1:12.9 (WR)  Carin Cone
United States (USA)
1:12.9 (=WR)  Margaret Edwards
Great Britain (GBR)
1:13.1
200 m breaststroke  Ursula Happe
Germany (EUA)
2:53.1 (OR)  Éva Székely
Hungary (HUN)
2:54.8  Eva-Maria Elsen
Germany (EUA)
2:55.1
100 m butterfly  Shelley Mann
United States (USA)
1:11.0 (OR)  Nancy Ramey
United States (USA)
1:11.9  Mary Sears
United States (USA)
1:14.4
4×100 m freestyle relay  Australia (AUS)
Dawn Fraser
Faith Leech
Sandra Morgan
Lorraine Crapp
4:17.1 (WR)  United States (USA)
Sylvia Ruuska
Shelley Mann
Nancy Simons
Joan Rosazza
4:19.2  South Africa (RSA)
Natalie Myburgh
Susan Roberts
Moira Abernethy
Jeanette Myburgh
4:25.7

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