Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

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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  

The women's 100 metre backstroke event at the 1956 Olympic Games took place December 5. This swimming event used backstroke. 23 swimmers from 14 countries competed in this swimming event. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Judy Grinham
Great Britain (GBR)
Silver  Carin Cone
United States (USA)
Bronze  Margaret Edwards
Great Britain (GBR)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Eight fastest swimmers advanced to the finals.

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Judy Grinham Great Britain 1:13.1 Q
2 Maria Both Romania 1:15.8
3 Lyudmila Klipova Soviet Union 1:16.1
4 Mary Anne Marchino United States 1:16.2
5 Elżbieta Gellner Poland 1:16.2
6 Pam Singleton Australia 1:17.0
7 Lenora Fisher Canada 1:17.5
8 Ginette Jany-Sendral France 1:19.1


Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Carin Cone United States 1:13.9 Q
2 Gerganiya Beckitt Australia 1:14.8 Q
3 Julie Hoyle Great Britain 1:15.0 Q
4 Pajor Éva Hungary 1:15.3
5 Jean Stewart New Zealand 1:15.4
6 Moira Abernethy South Africa 1:15.4
7 Jocelyn von Giese Philippines 1:20.0

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Margaret Edwards Great Britain 1:13.0 Q
2 Sara Barber Canada 1:14.3 Q
3 Helga Schmidt-Neuber Germany 1:14.8 Q
4 Maureen Murphy United States 1:14.8 Q
5 Patricia Huntingford Australia 1:16.0
6 Philippa Gould New Zealand 1:17.5
7 Judit Temes Hungary 1:17.6
8 Martha Gultom Indonesia 1:21.7

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Judy Grinham Great Britain 1:12.9 WR
2 Carin Cone United States 1:12.9 =WR
3 Margaret Edwards Great Britain 1:13.1
4 Helga Schmidt-Neuber Germany 1:13.4
5 Maureen Murphy United States 1:14.1
6 Julie Hoyle Great Britain 1:14.3
7 Sara Barber Canada 1:14.3
8 Gerganiya Beckitt Australia 1:14.7

Key: WR = World record

References[edit]