Swimming at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

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Swimming at the
1960 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
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 4×100 metre freestyle relay event at the 1960 Olympic Games took place on September 2 and 3. 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.


Gold Silver Bronze
United States
Joan Spillane
Shirley Stobs
Carolyn Wood
Chris von Saltza
Donna de Varona*
Susan Doerr*
Sylvia Ruuska*
Molly Botkin*
Dawn Fraser
Ilsa Konrads
Lorraine Crapp
Alva Colquhoun
Sandra Morgan*
Ruth Everuss*
Christel Steffin
Heidi Pechstein
Gisela Weiss
Ursula Brunner

* Swimmers who participated in the heats only. Under 1960 Olympic rules, they did not receive a medal.



Heat 1

Heat 2