Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1956 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  

The women's 400 metre freestyle event at the 1956 Olympic Games took place between December 5 and 7.[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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Lorraine Crapp
 Australia
Silver Dawn Fraser
 Australia
Bronze Sylvia Ruuska
 United States

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1
Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Valéria Gyenge  Hungary 5:26.1
2 Héda Frost  France 5:14.4
3 Karin Larsson  Sweden 5:18.3
4 Beth Whittall  Canada 5:21.7
5 Winifred Griffin  New Zealand 5:31.0
6 Gertrudes Lozada  Philippines 5:34.2
Heat 2
Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Marley Shriver  United States 5:07.6
2 Sandra Morgan  Australia 5:07.8
3 Ingrid Künzel  Germany 5:20.8
4 Gladys Priestley  Canada 5:27.5
5 Anita Hellström  Sweden 5:29.2
6 Viviane Gouverneur  France 5:29.7
Heat 3
Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Dawn Fraser  Australia 5:02.5
2 Sylvia Ruuska  United States 5:10.3
3 Ripszima Székely  Hungary 5:10.5
4 Susan Roberts  South Africa 5:16.8
5 Colette Thomas  France 5:23.9
6 Birgitta Wängberg  Sweden 5:27.0
7 Eiko Wada  Japan 5:27.2
Heat 4
Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Lorraine Crapp  Australia 5:00.2
2 Susan Gray  United States 5:16.7
3 Natalie Myburgh  South Africa 5:16.8
4 Marrion Roe  New Zealand 5:18.5
5 Margaret Girvan  Great Britain 5:23.6
6 Gilda Aranda  Mexico 5:24.2
7 Yukiko Otaka  Japan 5:28.7

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Lorraine Crapp  Australia 4:54.6 OR
2 Dawn Fraser  Australia 5:02.5
3 Sylvia Ruuska  United States 5:07.1
4 Marley Shriver  United States 5:12.9
5 Ripszima Székely  Hungary 5:14.2
6 Sandra Morgan  Australia 5:14.3
7 Héda Frost  France 5:15.4
8 Valéria Gyenge  Hungary 5:21.0

Key: OR = Olympic record

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