Swimming at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre individual medley

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Swimming at the
1964 Summer Olympics
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100 m men women
400 m men women
1500 m men
100 m women
200 m men
200 m men women
100 m women
200 m men
Individual medley
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 400 metre individual medley event at the 1964 Summer Olympics took place on 15–17 October. This swimming event used medley swimming and this was the first time for this event in this distance for the women swimmers. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool. The first two lengths were swum using the butterfly stroke, the second pair with the backstroke, the third pair of lengths in breaststroke, and the final two were freestyle. Unlike other events using freestyle, swimmers could not use butterfly, backstroke, or breaststroke for the freestyle leg; most swimmers use the front crawl in freestyle events.


Gold  Donna de Varona
United States (USA)
Silver  Sharon Finneran
United States (USA)
Bronze  Martha Randall
United States (USA)




Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Donna de Varona United States 5:18.7 OR
2 Sharon Finneran United States 5:24.1
3 Martha Randall United States 5:24.2
4 Veronika Holletz Germany 5:25.6
5 Linda McGill Australia 5:28.4
6 Betty Heukels Netherlands 5:30.3
7 Anita Lonsbrough Great Britain 5:30.5
8 Márta Egerváry Hungary 5:38.4

Key: OR = Olympic record