Swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Women's 400 metre freestyle

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Swimming at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The women's 400 metre freestyle event at the 1968 Olympic Games took place between October 19 and 20.[1] 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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Debbie Meyer
 United States
Silver Linda Gustavson
 United States
Bronze Karen Moras
 Australia

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 María Teresa Ramírez  Mexico 4:43.9
2 Gabriele Wetzko  East Germany 4:49.8
3 Laura Vaca  Mexico 4:53.3
4 Helen Elliott  Philippines 4:59.9
5 Shen Bao-ni  Chinese Taipei 5:41.8

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Debbie Meyer  United States 4:35.0
2 Norma Amezcua  Mexico 5:00.5
3 Dominique Mollier  France 5:00.5
4 Sheila Clayton  Great Britain 5:08.0

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Pam Kruse  United States 4:45.2
2 Marjatta Hara  Finland 4:53.0
3 Olga de Angulo  Colombia 5:08.6
4 Sally Davison  Great Britain 5:11.2
5 Lylian Castillo  Uruguay 5:30.2
6 Lorna Blake  Puerto Rico 5:54.7

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Linda Gustavson  United States 4:41.4
2 Marie-José Kersaudy  France 4:57.3
3 Kristina Moir  Puerto Rico 4:57.7
4 Susan Williams  Great Britain 5:02.7
5 Emilia Figueroa  Uruguay 5:21.0

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Karen Moras  Australia 4:39.6
2 Elisabeth Ljunggren-Morris  Sweden 4:51.6
3 Novella Calligaris  Italy 4:59.4
4 Consuelo Changanaqui  Peru 5:02.9
5 Silvana Asturias  Guatemala 5:25.6

Heat 6

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Angela Coughlan  Canada 4:47.4
2 Denise Langford  Australia 4:52.2
3 Eva Sigg  Finland 4:58.5
4 Christine Deakes  Australia 5:01.5
5 Patricia Olano  Colombia 5:01.8

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Debbie Meyer  United States 4:31.8 OR
2 Linda Gustavson  United States 4:35.5
3 Karen Moras  Australia 4:37.0
4 Pam Kruse  United States 4:37.2
5 Gabriele Wetzko  East Germany 4:40.2
6 María Teresa Ramírez  Mexico 4:42.2
7 Angela Coughlan  Canada 4:51.9
8 Elisabeth Ljunggren-Morris  Sweden 4:53.8

Key: OR = Olympic record

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games: Women's 400 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 13 November 2016.