Swimming at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1960 Summer Olympics
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100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
100 m men   women
200 m men   women
100 m   women
200 m men
Freestyle relay
4×100 m   women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1960 Olympic Games took place between August 26 and 29. This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of two lengths of the pool.


Gold  Dawn Fraser
Australia (AUS)
Silver  Chris von Saltza
United States (USA)
Bronze  Natalie Steward
Great Britain (GBR)





Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Dawn Fraser Australia 1:01.2 OR
2 Chris von Saltza United States 1:02.8
3 Natalie Steward Great Britain 1:03.1
4 Carolyn Wood United States 1:03.4
5 Csilla Madarász-Bajnogel-Dobai Hungary 1:03.6
6 Erica Terpstra Netherlands 1:04.3
7 Cocki van Engelsdorp Gastelaars Netherlands 1:04.7
8 Mary Beth Stewart Canada 1:05.5

Key: OR = Olympic record