Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

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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 4×100 metre freestyle relay event at the 1956 Olympic Games took place on December 4 and 6.[1] This swimming event used freestyle as a relay, with swimmers typically using the front crawl. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, each of the four swimmers completed two lengths of the pool. The first swimmer had to touch the wall before the second could leave the starting block; timing of the starts was thus important.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Silver Bronze
 Australia
Dawn Fraser
Faith Leech
Sandra Morgan
Lorraine Crapp
 United States
Sylvia Ruuska
Shelley Mann
Nancy Simons
Joan Rosazza
 South Africa
Natalie Myburgh
Susan Roberts
Moira Abernethy
Jeanette Myburgh

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat One
Place Swimmers Time Notes
1  Natalie Myburgh, Susan Roberts, Moira Abernethy and Jeanette Myburgh (RSA) 4:26.8
2  Joan Rosazza, Betty Brey, Kay Knapp and Marley Shriver (USA) 4:27.3
3  Ingrid Künzel, Hertha Haase, Kati Jansen and Birgit Klomp (GER) 4:27.5
4  Frances Hogben, Judith Grinham, Margaret Girvan and Fearne Ewart (GBR) 4:34.6
5  Odile Vouaux, Viviane Gouverneur, Ginette Jany-Sendral and Héda Frost (FRA) 4:36.6
Heat Two
Place Swimmers Time Notes
1  Sandra Morgan, Lorraine Crapp, Margaret Gibson and Elizabeth Fraser (AUS) 4:25.0
2  Mária Littomeritzky, Katalin Szőke, Judit Temes and Valéria Gyenge (HUN) 4:28.1
3  Helen Stewart, Gladys Priestley, Sara Barber and Virginia Grant (CAN) 4:29.3
4  Anita Hellström, Birgitta Wängberg, Karin Larsson and Kate Jobson (SWE) 4:30.1
5  Hitomi Jinno, Eiko Wada, Yoshiko Sato and Yukiko Otaka (JPN) 4:35.8

Final[edit]

[2]

Place Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s)  Australia Dawn Fraser (1:04.0)
Faith Leech (1:05.3)
Sandra Morgan (1:04.7)
Lorraine Crapp (1:03.1)
4:17.1 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States Sylvia Ruuska (1:06.3)
Shelley Mann (1:03.9)
Nancy Simons (1:04.6)
Joan Rosazza (1:04.4)
4:19.2
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  South Africa Natalie Myburgh (1:07.7)
Susan Roberts (1:05.3)
Moira Abernethy (1:08.0)
Jeanette Myburgh (1:04.7)
4:25.7
4  United Team of Germany Ingrid Künzel (1:06.6)
Hertha Haase (1:06.7)
Kati Jansen (1:05.7)
Birgit Klomp (1:07.1)
4:26.1
5  Canada Helen Stewart (1:07.1)
Gladys Priestley (1:07.1)
Sara Barber (1:07.5)
Virginia Grant (1:06.6)
4:28.3
6  Sweden Anita Hellström (1:08.8)
Birgitta Wängberg (1:07.7)
Karin Larsson (1:07.4)
Kate Jobson (1:06.1)
4:30.0
7  Hungary Mária Littomeritzky (1:09.9)
Katalin Szőke (1:06.7)
Judit Temes (1:06.7)
Valéria Gyenge (1:07.8)
4:31.1
8  Great Britain Frances Hogben (1:08.8)
Judy Grinham (1:09.0)
Margaret Girvan (1:09.4)
Fearne Ewart (1:08.6)
4:35.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay". Sports Reference. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 Metre Freestyle Relay Final Results" (PDF). Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles. Retrieved 6 March 2017.