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

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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 individual medley event at the 1968 Summer Olympics took place on 24–25 October.[1] 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.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Claudia Kolb
 United States
Silver Lynn Vidali
 United States
Bronze Sabine Steinbach
 East Germany

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Heat 1

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Sue Pedersen  United States 5:26.4
2 Larisa Zakharova  Soviet Union 5:38.6
3 Hennie Penterman  Netherlands 5:38.8
4 Carla Galle  Belgium 5:55.2
5 Olga de Angulo  Colombia 6:00.6

Heat 2

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Sabine Steinbach  East Germany 5:31.3
2 Eva Sigg  Finland 5:37.3
3 Sue Eddy  Australia 5:42.2
4 Norma Amezcua  Mexico 5:47.9
5 Ruth Apt  Uruguay 6:04.5
6 Shen Bao-ni  Chinese Taipei 6:21.5

Heat 3

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Lynn Vidali  United States 5:28.9
2 Shelagh Ratcliffe  Great Britain 5:33.2
3 Laura Vaca  Mexico 5:33.7
4 Tamara Oynick  Mexico 5:48.4
5 Kirsten Strange-Campbell  Denmark 5:59.0

Heat 4

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Marianne Seydel  East Germany 5:30.9
2 Tui Shipston  New Zealand 5:33.7
3 Eva Wittke  East Germany 5:40.6
4 Mariya Nikolova  Bulgaria 5:45.2
5 Patricia Olano  Colombia 5:52.6
6 Yvonne Tobis  Israel 5:53.8
7 Hedy García  Philippines 6:07.3

Heat 5

Rank Athlete Country Time Note
1 Claudia Kolb  United States 5:17.2
2 Dianna Rickard  Australia 5:37.8
3 Heli Matzdorf  West Germany 5:50.5
4 Consuelo Changanaqui  Peru 5:52.2
5 Nelly Syro  Colombia 6:13.1

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Country Time Notes
1 Claudia Kolb  United States 5:08.5 OR
2 Lynn Vidali  United States 5:22.2
3 Sabine Steinbach  East Germany 5:25.3
4 Sue Pedersen  United States 5:25.8
5 Shelagh Ratcliffe  Great Britain 5:30.5
6 Marianne Seydel  East Germany 5:32.0
7 Tui Shipston  New Zealand 5:34.6
8 Laura Vaca  Mexico 5:35.7

Key: OR = Olympic record

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