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

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Swimming at the
1956 Summer Olympics
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100 m men   women
400 m men   women
1500 m men
100 m men   women
200 m men   women
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. 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.


Gold  Lorraine Crapp
Australia (AUS)
Silver  Dawn Fraser
Australia (AUS)
Bronze  Sylvia Ruuska
United States (USA)





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