Swimming at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 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 400 metre freestyle event at the 1960 Olympic Games took place between August 31 and September 1. 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 eight lengths of the pool.


Gold  Chris von Saltza
United States (USA)
Silver  Jane Cederqvist
Sweden (SWE)
Bronze  Tineke Lagerberg
Netherlands (NED)




Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Chris von Saltza United States 4:50.6 OR
2 Jane Cederqvist Sweden 4:53.9
3 Tineke Lagerberg Netherlands 4:56.9
4 Ilsa Konrads Australia 4:57.9
5 Dawn Fraser Australia 4:58.5
6 Nan Rae Great Britain 4:59.7
7 Corrie Schimmel Netherlands 5:02.3
8 Bibbi Segerström Sweden 5:02.4

Key: OR = Olympic record