Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics

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At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, 13 swimming events were contested, seven for men and six for women. There was a total of 235 participants from 33 countries competing.[1] For the first time, the butterfly stroke was contested as a separate event. Australia dominated the medal standings with a total of 8 out of a possible 13 gold medals, eventually finishing with 14 medals overall.

Medals Awarded[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
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Jon Henricks
 Australia
55.4 (WR) John Devitt
 Australia
55.8 Gary Chapman
 Australia
56.7
400 m freestyle
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Murray Rose
 Australia
4:27.3 (WR) Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
 Japan
4:30.4 George Breen
 United States
4:32.5
1500 m freestyle
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Murray Rose
 Australia
17:58.9 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka
 Japan
18:00.3 George Breen
 United States
18:08.2
100 m backstroke
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David Theile
 Australia
1:02.2 (WR) John Monckton
 Australia
1:03.2 Frank McKinney
 United States
1:04.5
200 m breaststroke
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Masaru Furukawa
 Japan
2:34.7 Masahiro Yoshimura
 Japan
2:36.7 Kharis Yunichev
 Soviet Union
2:36.8
200 m butterfly
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William Yorzyk
 United States
2:19.3 Takashi Ishimoto
 Japan
2:23.8 György Tumpek
 Hungary
2:23.9
4 × 200 metre freestyle relay
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 Australia (AUS)
Kevin O'Halloran
John Devitt
Murray Rose
Jon Henricks
8:23.6 (WR)  United States (USA)
Dick Hanley
George Breen
Bill Woolsey
Ford Konno
8:31.5  Soviet Union (URS)
Vitaly Sorokin
Vladimir Struzhanov
Gennady Nikolayev
Boris Nikitin
8:34.7

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
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Dawn Fraser
 Australia
1:02.0 (WR) Lorraine Crapp
 Australia
1:02.3 Faith Leech
 Australia
1:05.1
400 m freestyle
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Lorraine Crapp
 Australia
4:54.6 (OR) Dawn Fraser
 Australia
5:02.5 Sylvia Ruuska
 United States
5:07.1
100 m backstroke
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Judy Grinham
 Great Britain
1:12.9 (WR) Carin Cone
 United States
1:12.9 (WR) Margaret Edwards
 Great Britain
1:13.1
200 m breaststroke
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Ursula Happe
 United Team of Germany
2:53.1 (OR) Éva Székely
 Hungary
2:54.8 Eva-Maria Elsen
 United Team of Germany
2:55.1
100 m butterfly
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Shelley Mann
 United States
1:11.0 (OR) Nancy Ramey
 United States
1:11.9 Mary Sears
 United States
1:14.4
4 × 100 metre freestyle relay
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 Australia (AUS)
Dawn Fraser
Faith Leech
Sandra Morgan
Lorraine Crapp
4:17.1 (WR)  United States (USA)
Sylvia Ruuska
Shelley Mann
Nancy Simons
Joan Rosazza
4:19.2  South Africa (RSA)
Natalie Myburgh
Susan Roberts
Moira Abernethy
Jeanette Myburgh
4:25.7

Participating nations[edit]

235 swimmers from 33 nations competed.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 1 October 2016.