Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre individual medley

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Swimming at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
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 1968 Summer Olympics took place on 24–25 October. This swimming event used medley swimming. 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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold  Claudia Kolb
United States (USA)
Silver  Lynn Vidali
United States (USA)
Bronze  Sabine Steinbach
East Germany (GDR)

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Claudia Kolb United States 5:08.5 OR
2 Lynn Vidali United States 5:22.2
3 Sabine Steinbach East Germany 5:25.3
4 Sue Pedersen United States 5:25.8
5 Shelagh Ratcliffe Great Britain 5:30.5
6 Marianne Seydel East Germany 5:32.0
7 Tui Shipston New Zealand 5:34.6
8 Laura Vaca Mexico 5:35.7

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]