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

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The women's 4×100 metre freestyle relay event at the 1960 Olympic Games took place on September 2 and 3, in Rome.[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
 United States
Joan Spillane
Shirley Stobs
Carolyn Wood
Chris von Saltza
Donna de Varona*
Susan Doerr*
Sylvia Ruuska*
Molly Botkin*
 Australia
Dawn Fraser
Ilsa Konrads
Lorraine Crapp
Alva Colquhoun
Sandra Morgan*
Ruth Everuss*
 United Team of Germany
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.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Place Swimmers Time Notes
1  Donna de Varona, Susan Doerr, Sylvia Ruuska, Molly Botkin (USA) 4:18.9
2  Natalie Steward, Beryl Noakes, Judy Samuel, Christine Harris (GBR) 4:24.4
3  Inger Thorngren, Karin Larsson, Kristina Larsson, Bibbi Segerström (SWE) 4:27.3
4  Paola Saini, Anna Maria Cecchi, Rosanna Contardo, Maria Cristina Pacifici, Daniela Beneck (ITA) 4:31.8
5  Yoshiko Sato, Eiko Wada, Kimiko Ezaka, Hitomi Jinno (JPN) 4:35.9
6  Eulalia Martínez, Silvia Belmar, Blanca Barrón, María Luisa Souza (MEX) 4:43.1

Heat 2

Place Swimmers Time Notes
1  Lorraine Crapp, Alva Colquhoun, Sandra Morgan, Ruth Everuss (AUS) 4:17.6
2  Anna Temesvári, Mária Frank, Katalin Boros, Csilla Madarász-Bajnogel-Dobai (HUN) 4:22.2
3  Christel Steffin, Heidi Pechstein, Gisela Weiß, Ursel Brunner (GER) 4:24.2
4  Irina Lyakhovskaya, Ulvi Voog, Galina Sosnova, Marina Shamal (URS) 4:31.9
5  Héda Frost, Annie Caron, Colette Libourel, Marie-Laure Gaillot (FRA) 4:35.2
6  Hennie van der Velde, Jopie Troost, Sieta Posthumus, Cocki van Engelsdorp Gastelaars (NED) DQ

Final[edit]

Place Swimmers Time Notes
1  Donna de Varona, Susan Doerr, Sylvia Ruuska, Molly Botkin (USA) 4:08.9
2  Lorraine Crapp, Alva Colquhoun, Sandra Morgan, Ruth Everuss (AUS) 4:11.3
3  Christel Steffin, Heidi Pechstein, Gisela Weiß, Ursel Brunner (GER) 4:19.7
4  Anna Temesvári, Mária Frank, Katalin Boros, Csilla Madarász-Bajnogel-Dobai (HUN) 4:21.2
5  Natalie Steward, Beryl Noakes, Judy Samuel, Christine Harris (GBR) 4:24.6
6  Inger Thorngren, Karin Larsson, Kristina Larsson, Bibbi Segerström (SWE) 4:25.1
7  Paola Saini, Anna Maria Cecchi, Rosanna Contardo, Maria Cristina Pacifici, Daniela Beneck (ITA) 4:26.8
8  Irina Lyakhovskaya, Ulvi Voog, Galina Sosnova, Marina Shamal (URS) 4:29.0

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