Swimming at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke

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Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XVII Olympiad
Venue Stadio Olimpico del Nuoto
Date 26 August (heats)
27 August (final)
Competitors 30 from 19 nations
Winning time 2:49.5 (OR)
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Germany
«1956 1964»
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 women's 200 metre breaststroke event, included in the swimming competition at the 1960 Summer Olympics, took place on August 26–27, at the Stadio Olimpico del Nuoto. In this event, swimmers covered four lengths of the 50-metre (160 ft) Olympic-sized pool employing the breaststroke. It was the eighth appearance of the event, which first appeared at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. A total of 30 competitors from 19 nations participated in the event.[1] British gold-medalist Anita Lonsbrough became the first swimmer to break the world record in this event, with a time of 2:49.5 in the final.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were:

World record  Wiltrud Urselmann (FRG) 2:50.2 s Aachen, West Germany 6 June 1960 [2]
Olympic record  Ursula Happe (GER) 2:53.1 s Melbourne, Australia 30 November 1956 [2]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time OR WR
August 26 Heat 2 Anita Lonsbrough Great Britain 2:53.3 OR
August 26 Heat 3 Wiltrud Urselmann Germany 2:52.0 OR
August 27 Final Anita Lonsbrough Great Britain 2:49.5 OR WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Urselmann, WiltrudWiltrud Urselmann Germany 2:52.0 Q, OR[3]
2 2 4 Lonsbrough, AnitaAnita Lonsbrough Great Britain 2:53.3 Q, OR[4]
3 4 5 den Haan, AdaAda den Haan Netherlands 2:54.0 Q
4 1 4 GobelBarbara Göbel Germany 2:54.2 Q
5 3 5 Kok, GrettaGretta Kok Netherlands 2:55.2 Q
6 3 2 Kempner, PattyPatty Kempner United States 2:55.5 Q
7 3 6 Kristensen, DorritDorrit Kristensen Denmark 2:56.2 Q
8 4 4 Warner, AnneAnne Warner United States 2:56.3 Q
9 3 3 Gosden, ChristineChristine Gosden Great Britain 2:56.9
10 4 7 Zennaro, ElenaElena Zennaro Italy 2:57.0
11 1 3 Lassig, RosemaryRosemary Lassig Australia 2:57.4
12 1 5 Takamatsu, YoshikoYoshiko Takamatsu Japan 2:57.6
13 2 5 Killermann, KláraKlára Killermann Hungary 2:58.7
14 2 3 Eriksson, BarbroBarbro Eriksson Sweden 2:59.8
15 4 6 Andersen, IngeInge Andersen Denmark 2:57.6
16 4 2 Hogan, JanetJanet Hogan Australia 3:00.3
17 2 6 Mirkowitch, AmélieAmélie Mirkowitch France 3:01.5
18 4 3 Kadlecová, MartaMarta Kadlecová Czechoslovakia 3:01.7
19 1 2 Pialat, MichèleMichèle Pialat France 3:02.2
20 2 2 Filippovits, ChristlChristl Filippovits Austria 3:02.6
21 2 7 Korobova, LyudmilaLyudmila Korobova Soviet Union 3:02.7
22 1 6 Maurer, EveEve Maurer Soviet Union 3:03.1
23 1 1 Miners, MegMeg Miners Rhodesia 3:05.2
24 3 7 McHale, JudithJudith McHale Canada 3:07.7
25 1 7 Wöber, ChristlChristl Wöber Austria 3:09.3
26 2 1 Marcellini, LucianaLuciana Marcellini Italy 3:09.8
27 1 8 Hungerbühler, MayaMaya Hungerbühler Switzerland 3:10.1
28 3 8 Castañe, IsabelIsabel Castañe Spain 3:10.4
29 4 1 Veloso, ReginaRegina Veloso Portugal 3:13.3
30 3 1 Schmidlin, SuzetteSuzette Schmidlin Switzerland DNS[3]

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Lonsbrough, AnitaAnita Lonsbrough Great Britain 2:49.5 WR[3]
2 4 Urselmann, WiltrudWiltrud Urselmann Germany 2:50.0
3 6 Göbel, BarbaraBarbara Göbel Germany 2:53.6
4 3 den Haan, AdaAda den Haan Netherlands 2:54.4
5 2 Kok, GrettaGretta Kok Netherlands 2:54.6
6 8 Warner, AnneAnne Warner United States 2:55.4
7 7 Kempner, PattyPatty Kempner United States 2:55.5
8 1 Kristensen, DorritDorrit Kristensen Denmark 2:55.7

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1960 Rome Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Breaststroke". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b USA Swimming, p. 17.
  3. ^ a b c OCGOR, p. 590
  4. ^ "Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 1 July 2012.