Swimming at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay

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Swimming at the
1960 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
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 4×100 metre medley relay event at the 1960 Olympic Games took place on August 27 (qualification) and September 1 (final). This swimming event uses medley swimming as a relay. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, each of the four swimmers completed two lengths of the pool, each using a different stroke. The first on each team used the backstroke, the second used the breaststroke, the third used the butterfly stroke, and the final swimmer used freestyle (restricted to not allow any of the first three strokes to be used, though nearly all swimmers use front crawl regardless).

The first swimmer must touch the wall before the next can leave the starting block, and so forth; timing of the starts is thus important.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
United States
Frank McKinney
Paul Hait
Lance Larson
Jeff Farrell
Australia
David Theile
Terry Gathercole
Neville Hayes
Geoff Shipton
Japan
Kazuo Tomita
Koichi Hirakida
Yoshihiko Osaki
Keigo Shimuzu

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Three heats were held; the fastest eight teams advanced to the Finals. The teams that advanced are highlighted.

Heat One[edit]

Rank Country Time
1 Australia 4:14.8
2 Germany 4:17.7
3 France 4:21.7
4 Mexico 4:23.1
5 Finland 4:27.3
6 Israel 4:37.6

Heat Two[edit]

Rank Country Time
1 Japan 4:16.0
2 Italy 4:16.0
3 Soviet Union 4:16.2
4 Great Britain 4:16.8
5 Philippines 4:28.0
6 Brazil 4:30.1

Heat Three[edit]

Rank Country Time
1 United States 4:08.2
2 Canada 4:15.3
3 Netherlands 4:16.1
4 Hungary 4:17.7
5 Yugoslavia 4:25.5
6 Portugal 4:39.9

Final[edit]

Rank Country Time
1 United States 4:05.4
2 Australia 4:12.0
3 Japan 4:12.2
4 Canada 4:16.8
5 Soviet Union 4:16.8
6 Italy 4:17.2
7 Great Britain 4:17.6
8 Netherlands 4:18.2

References[edit]