Swimming at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre breaststroke

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Women's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XVII Olympiad
Venue Stadio Olimpico del Nuoto
Date 26 August (heats)
27 August (final)
Competitors 30 from 19 nations
Winning time 2:49.5 (WR)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Anita Lonsbrough  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Wiltrud Urselmann  United Team of Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Barbara Göbel  United Team of Germany
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Swimming at the
1960 Summer Olympics
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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
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 200 metre breaststroke event, included in the swimming competition at the 1960 Summer Olympics, took place on August 26–27, at the Stadio Olimpico del Nuoto. In this event, swimmers covered four lengths of the 50-metre (160 ft) Olympic-sized pool employing the breaststroke. It was the eighth appearance of the event, which first appeared at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. A total of 30 competitors from 19 nations participated in the event.[1] British gold-medalist Anita Lonsbrough became the first swimmer to break the world record in this event, with a time of 2:49.5 in the final.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were:

World record  Wiltrud Urselmann (FRG) 2:50.2 s Aachen, West Germany 6 June 1960
Olympic record  Ursula Happe (EUA) 2:53.1 s Melbourne, Australia 30 November 1956

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time OR WR
August 26 Heat 2 Anita Lonsbrough  Great Britain 2:53.3 OR
August 26 Heat 3 Wiltrud Urselmann  United Team of Germany 2:52.0 OR
August 27 Final Anita Lonsbrough  Great Britain 2:49.5 OR WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 4 Urselmann, WiltrudWiltrud Urselmann  United Team of Germany 2:52.0 Q, OR[3]
2 2 4 Lonsbrough, AnitaAnita Lonsbrough  Great Britain 2:53.3 Q, OR[4]
3 4 5 den Haan, AdaAda den Haan  Netherlands 2:54.0 Q
4 1 4 GobelBarbara Göbel  United Team of Germany 2:54.2 Q
5 3 5 Kok, GrettaGretta Kok  Netherlands 2:55.2 Q
6 3 2 Kempner, PattyPatty Kempner  United States 2:55.5 Q
7 3 6 Kristensen, DorritDorrit Kristensen  Denmark 2:56.2 Q
8 4 4 Warner, AnneAnne Warner  United States 2:56.3 Q
9 3 3 Gosden, ChristineChristine Gosden  Great Britain 2:56.9
10 4 7 Zennaro, ElenaElena Zennaro  Italy 2:57.0
11 1 3 Lassig, RosemaryRosemary Lassig  Australia 2:57.4
12 1 5 Takamatsu, YoshikoYoshiko Takamatsu  Japan 2:57.6
13 2 5 Killermann, KláraKlára Killermann  Hungary 2:58.7
14 2 3 Eriksson, BarbroBarbro Eriksson  Sweden 2:59.8
15 4 6 Andersen, IngeInge Andersen  Denmark 2:57.6
16 4 2 Hogan, JanetJanet Hogan  Australia 3:00.3
17 2 6 Mirkowitch, AmélieAmélie Mirkowitch  France 3:01.5
18 4 3 Kadlecová, MartaMarta Kadlecová  Czechoslovakia 3:01.7
19 1 2 Pialat, MichèleMichèle Pialat  France 3:02.2
20 2 2 Filippovits, ChristlChristl Filippovits  Austria 3:02.6
21 2 7 Korobova, LyudmilaLyudmila Korobova  Soviet Union 3:02.7
22 1 6 Maurer, EveEve Maurer  Soviet Union 3:03.1
23 1 1 Miners, MegMeg Miners  Rhodesia 3:05.2
24 3 7 McHale, JudithJudith McHale  Canada 3:07.7
25 1 7 Wöber, ChristlChristl Wöber  Austria 3:09.3
26 2 1 Marcellini, LucianaLuciana Marcellini  Italy 3:09.8
27 1 8 Hungerbühler, MayaMaya Hungerbühler  Switzerland 3:10.1
28 3 8 Castañe, IsabelIsabel Castañe  Spain 3:10.4
29 4 1 Veloso, ReginaRegina Veloso  Portugal 3:13.3
30 3 1 Schmidlin, SuzetteSuzette Schmidlin  Switzerland DNS[3]

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Lonsbrough, AnitaAnita Lonsbrough  Great Britain 2:49.5 WR[3]
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Urselmann, WiltrudWiltrud Urselmann  United Team of Germany 2:50.0
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 Göbel, BarbaraBarbara Göbel  United Team of Germany 2:53.6
4 3 den Haan, AdaAda den Haan  Netherlands 2:54.4
5 2 Kok, GrettaGretta Kok  Netherlands 2:54.6
6 8 Warner, AnneAnne Warner  United States 2:55.4
7 7 Kempner, PattyPatty Kempner  United States 2:55.5
8 1 Kristensen, DorritDorrit Kristensen  Denmark 2:55.7

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1960 Rome Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Breaststroke". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b USA Swimming, p. 17.
  3. ^ a b c OCGOR, p. 590
  4. ^ "Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Breaststroke Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 1 July 2012.