Swimming at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre individual medley

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Swimming at the
1964 Summer Olympics
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100 m men women
400 m men women
1500 m men
100 m women
200 m men
200 m men women
100 m women
200 m men
Individual medley
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 400 metre individual medley event at the 1964 Summer Olympics took place on 12–14 October. This swimming event used medley swimming. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of eight lengths of the pool. The first two lengths were swum using the butterfly stroke, the second pair with the backstroke, the third pair of lengths in breaststroke, and the final two were freestyle. Unlike other events using freestyle, swimmers could not use butterfly, backstroke, or breaststroke for the freestyle leg; most swimmers use the front crawl in freestyle events.


Gold Dick Roth
 United States
Silver Roy Saari
 United States
Bronze Gerhard Hetz
 United Team of Germany




Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Dick Roth United States 4:45.4 WR
2 Roy Saari United States 4:47.1
3 Gerhard Hetz United Team of Germany 4:51.0
4 Carl Robie United States 4:51.4
5 Sandy Gilchrist Canada 4:57.6
6 Jan Jiskoot Netherlands 5:01.9
7 György Kosztolánczy Hungary 5:01.9
8 Terry Buck Australia 5:03.0

Key: WR = World record